Dunlop nears lap record pace in final qualifying

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 30 May 2014

Michael Dunlop is near lap record pace

Michael Dunlop controlled the pace in this evening’s final qualifying for the Dainese Superbike race at this year’s Isle of Man TT. Edging in on John McGuinness’ lap record from 2013, Dunlop set a time of 131.501mph on his newly Dunlop-shod BMW S 1000 RR in tonight’s superbike session to throw himself to the top of the pile.

Bruce Anstey set the second fastest overall time, with the 130.860 he put in on Tuesday night ahead of Guy Martin with a 130.860. John McGuinness was fourth on the timesheets, although unable to break the 130mph barrier just yet with a 129.790.

British Superbike star Josh Brookes bettered his personal best lap from 2013 with a 127.990 in Friday’s practice, which was run in glorious conditions much unlike the rest of practice week. Fastest newcomer was once again Peter Hickman, who put his BMW S 1000 RR round the course at an average speed of 123.329mph.

Lincolnshire’s Gary Johnson has put himself in good stead for the races topping both the Superstock and Supersport overall timesheets. In Superstock, Johnson set a blistering 130.207mph lap on his Lincs Lifting Kawasaki ahead of Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison.

Behind Johnson in the Supersport session was Michael Dunlop once again on the MD Racing Honda, just a faction faster than his older brother, William.

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SUPERBIKE – OVERALL

  1. Michael Dunlop – BMW – 131.501
  2. Bruce Anstey – Honda – 130.860
  3. Guy Martin – Suzuki – 130.102
  4. John McGuinness – Honda – 129.790
  5. Dan Kneen – Suzuki – 129.107
  6. Michael Rutter – BMW – 128.883
  7. Conor Cummins – Honda – 128.719
  8. William Dunlop – Suzuki – 128.368
  9. Gary Johnson – Honda – 128.005
  10. Josh Brookes – Yamaha – 127.991
  11. James Hillier – Kawasaki – 127.587
  12. Ian Hutchinson – Yamaha – 127.422
  13. Dean Harrison – Kawasaki – 127.258
  14. David Johnson – Kawasaki – 126.587
  15. Dan Stewart – Honda – 125.845
  16. Steve Mercer – Suzuki – 124.677
  17. Jamie Hamilton – Honda – 124.647
  18. Lee Johnston – Honda – 124.440
  19. Jimmy Storrar – BMW – 124.286
  20. Ian Mackman – Suzuki – 124.235
  21. Shaun Anderson – Suzuki – 124.045
  22. Peter Hickman* - BMW – 123.329
  23. James Cowton – Honda – 123.247
  24. Cameron Donald – Norton - 123.095
  25. Davy Morgan – Honda – 123.037

SUPERSTOCK

  1. Gary Johnson – Kawasaki – 130.207
  2. Michael Dunlop – BMW – 129.333
  3. Dean Harrison – Kawasaki – 128.622
  4. James Hillier – Kawasaki – 127.448
  5. Michael Rutter – BMW – 126.627
  6. Conor Cummins – Honda – 126.268
  7. Bruce Anstey – Honda – 125.675
  8. John McGuinness – Honda – 124.529
  9. Jimmy - Storrar BMW – 124.286
  10. Dan Kneen – Suzuki – 124.111
  11. Horst Saiger – Kawasaki – 123.594
  12. David Johnson – Kawasaki – 123.411
  13. Peter Hickman* - BMW – 123.329
  14. James Cowton – Honda – 123.247
  15. Russ Mountford – Kawasaki – 123.090
  16. Dan Stewart – Kawasaki – 122.742
  17. Guy Martin – Suzuki – 122.701
  18. Lee Johnston – Honda – 122.614
  19. William Dunlop – Suzuki – 122.461
  20. Paul Owen – Honda – 122.320

SUPERSPORT

  1. Gary Johnson – Triumph – 125.934
  2. Michael Dunlop – Honda – 124.530
  3. William Dunlop – Suzuki – 124.475
  4. Keith Amor – Honda – 124.365
  5. Dean Harrison – Yamaha – 123.886
  6. Michael Rutter – Triumph – 123.874
  7. Lee Johnston – Honda – 123.803
  8. Josh Brookes – Yamaha – 123.258
  9. Bruce Anstey – Honda – 123.127
  10. Guy Martin – Suzuki – 122.803
  11. John McGuinness – Honda – 122.044
  12. Ivan Lintin – Honda – 121.986
  13. Conor Cummins – Honda – 121.888
  14. Russ Mountford- Triumph – 121.572
  15. James Cowton – Honda – 121.121
  16. Ian Hutchinson – Yamaha – 120.978
  17. Dan Kneen – Honda – 120.797
  18. Steve Mercer – 120.436
  19. Dan Stewart – Honda – 120.247
  20. James Hillier – Kawasaki – 120.180

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