Michael Dunlop blew his competition out of the water with a storming ride in this year’s Senior TT.
Having won the opening Superbike race at this year’s Isle of Man TT – with a record breaking lap of 133.393mph from a standing start – Dunlop was untouchable in the Senior. He raced to a very comfortable 31 second victory, breaking his own lap record and lapping at 133.962mph.
Going into the race all eyes were on the Dunlop v Ian Hutchinson battle. While Dunlop won the first Superbike race, Hutchinson won the Supersport and Superstock races during Monday’s racing. It was Hutchinson again who won the second Supersport race with Dunlop finishing second.
Dunlop got away well at the start of the Senior, immediately signalling his intent and leading by 1.8 seconds at Glen Helen. The gap fluctuated throughout the first lap – rising to as high as 3.5 seconds at Ballaugh but dropping to 2.8 at the end of the lap. The first round of pit-stops came at the end of lap two, when Dunlop had nearly a 1o second lead over Hutchinson. It was third placed John McGuinness who was fastest in the pits, however, giving him the advantage on the road.
The gap continued to rise and by the end of the third lap it was 11 seconds. It dropped slightly at the end of lap four to ten seconds before rising to 14 seconds on lap five and ending up at 31 seconds at the end of the race.
It was win number 13 at the TT for Dunlop and his 133.962mph was just fractions off beating the fastest ever lap at the Ulster Grand Prix – the world’s fastest road race. Hutchinson rounded off a successful week with a comfortable second with McGuinness completing the podium.
Dean Harrison is another rider who enjoyed a successful week and he finished in fourth place with Bruce Anstey fifth and Conor Cummins sixth. Rounding out the top ten were Michael Rutter, Lee Johnston, James Hillier, and Ivan Lintin. Mike Booth was once again the leading newcomer home, finishing in 29th just behind experienced rider Davy Morgan.
Peter Hickman initially held a podium position before retiring on the second lap. Other retirements from the race included Brian McCormack, Gary Johnson, David Johnson, Ryan Kneen and Hudson Kennaugh. William Dunlop and Steve Mercer also failed to finish the race.
The ACU released a statement after the race to sadly confirm that competitor Andrew Soar had been killed following an incident in the race. Thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.