TT 2022: Podium for Dunlop despite “fighting all week”
Phil Wain at the North West 200 |
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Michael Dunlop’s build up to the 2022 Isle of Man TT races may not have been the smoothest, but the 19-time winner pulled another result out of the bag with third place in the Superbike race of Saturday.
A last minute change to the Hawk Suzuki team and then problems with Dunlop tires at the North West 200 meant the Ballymoney man was far from prepared when the training week started and he was not is not watched at all during the week.
A dalliance with Metzeler didn’t last long and he was back on the Dunlops soon after and despite revving over 131mph in qualifying it seemed obvious he wouldn’t have the pace to win.
It turned out to be the case and although he was fifth at the end of the first lap, he did what all TT riders do, just kept plugging away. After clinging to the back of Peter Hickman when the eventual race winner caught up to him on lap three, a 133.09mph lap on lap four saw him briefly threaten Dean Harrison for second place, although that he finally had to settle for third place.
“We struggled all week to get a base set up and tried everything to get the bike to work,” he said afterwards.
“Obviously it’s a little late when we got together and we didn’t do any double laps in qualifying because I had to do a lap, come in to make some changes and go again.
“It was hard, tough work to be consistent, but it’s also tough going up against two fast guys, Pete and Dean, who ride the bike week in and week out. I also have to ride harder too.