TT 2022: Dunlop will “keep pushing” even after his 20th victory
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After the frustrations of ‘only’ finishing third in Saturday’s Superbike race, Michael Dunlop was back in first place in the Isle of Man TT on Monday, taking first place in the opening Supersport race for his 20th victory in total.
While keeping him third on the winners list, Dunlop’s win, when he also set a new lap record, on his own MD Racing Yamaha means he is only the third rider in the lineup. history to claim 20 victories after Uncle Joey (26) and John McGuiness (23).
The fastest in qualifying, Dunlop was involved in a titanic battle throughout all three laps with DAO Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison, especially on laps two and three after the mandatory pit stop after lap one.
A first lap of 126.92mph gave him a 3.2 second lead over Harrison and although the Ballymoney man was consistently quicker from Ballaugh to Ramsey, there was just 1.2 seconds between the two drivers before the last lap.
That narrowed to just a tenth of a second at one point, but Dunlop responded and a new lap record of 129.47mph, beating his own mark of 129.197mph from 2018, saw him the take away by a more comfortable time of 5.6 s.
“There’s still life in the old dog and I can’t thank the boys enough,” he said afterwards. “There is a lot of work on the bike as we had to change my 600cc mechanic for the big bike. I was hard hit by the boys in front of me during the race and when I passed them they got sucked into the trailer.
“Dean is a fast boy, I know that, and I knew I had to go if I wanted to get another win. That’s 20 in total now, so I’m going to keep pushing.