Michael Dunlop was victorious in a truncated Superbike race at the North West 200.
Having suffered disappointment in both Supersport races, and finishing fifth in the Superstock race, Ballymoney man Dunlop raced to a convincing five second victory in the Superbike class.
It was record breaker Alistair Seeley away from pole position but he lost out at the start to Michael Rutter and then ran on at University. His error cost him a number of positions – he dropped outside the top 20 riders on the track and had to fight his way back through. Up at the front, as had been the case in earlier races, the lead changed hands a number of times with Ian Hutchinson and Dunlop both leading across the line at one stage or another.
Bruce Anstey was clocked through the speed trap at a record 209mph but unfortunately for the Kiwi – who had been in a podium position – he came off at Church, bringing an end to his race. Thankfully he was OK and was soon back in the paddock. This incident brought out a red flag after the fourth lap and the result was subsequently declared.
Dunlop was the winner, with a record breaking lap to boot, with Hutchinson second and Rutter in third. Peter Hickman came home fourth ahead of Lee Johnston, John McGuinness, and Conor Cummins. Seeley managed to recover to eighth place and he finished ahead of Didier Grams and Jeremy McWilliams, the latter of which was riding in the ‘big bike’ class at the North West for the first time.
Just outside the top ten were Horst Saiger, Sam West and Steve Mercer. Daniel Hegarty and John Ingram completed the top 15 riders, with Paul Shoesmith the leading rider from the second group in 16th.