Michael Dunlop joined legends Steve Hislop and Philip McCallen on 11 TT wins following his first win of the Senior TT. After initially running down the order at the start of the first lap, M Dunlop took the lead at Cronk ny Mona from his brother William Dunlop and never looked back. The same two riders who finished on the podium with M Dunlop in Saturday’s Superbike race were there again, but this time with Conor Cummins ahead of Guy Martin.
William Dunlop took the early race lead but dropped to fourth position before getting back up to second. A crash on lap three brought an end to his race and he was airlifted to hospital. It was later confirmed that he had a broken leg but he was spotted back in the paddock later, confirming that he had sustained no serious injuries. M Dunlop revealed after the race that after coming across William’s bike, his rhythm had been thrown, but after finding out his brother was alright he got going again. He finished 14 seconds clear of Cummins who in turn was nine seconds ahead of Martin.
Bruce Anstey – the man who broke the lap record on Saturday – had another slow start, running down in ninth on the first lap. He soon started reeling those ahead of him in and eventually finished in fourth, ahead of James Hillier and John McGuinness. Behind them were Josh Brookes, Dan Kneen, Michael Rutter, and David Johnson. There was plenty of action on the roads with Martin passing Ian Hutchinson early on and then later passing McGuinness and Hillier with M Dunlop in quick pursuit. There was disappointment for Lightweight winner Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston who both retired from the race.
Peter Hickman, who has impressed on his TT debut, became the fastest ever newcomer by posting a lap of 129.109mph on his way to 11th place on a Superstock machine.