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Michael Dunlop is Most Successful TT Rider

Michael Dunlop has surpassed his Uncle Joey’s TT race win record on 5th June, scoring his 27th win – Joey Dunlop’s long standing win of 26 TT wins has been the record to beat since 2000. Michael equalled the record by winning the Supersport race, then broke it by claiming victory in the Supertwin event as well. He nearly made it 28 wins, leading the Superbike event until a visor issue after a pit stop forced him to stop on Bray Hill.

Riding a Paton, he dominated the Metzeler Supertwins, finishing 20.406 seconds ahead of second-placed Peter Hickman. He was close to the Supertwin lap record in the three-lap race, which took place in windy but sunny conditions. Peter Hickman said: “It’s great to be in the race where Michael gets his 27th win. What an unbelievable achievement.”

Dunlop himself added: “It’s tough, you know, we should have been 28 (wins) today…It’s a nice place to be. I’ll never be modelled against Joey. My record, someone will get it one day … But I’ve always wanted this.”

The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) congratulates Michael Dunlop on his outstanding achievement of becoming the most successful Isle of Man TT rider in history surpassing the landmark of race victories set by his uncle Joey Dunlop; a record that has stood for 24 years. This is an extraordinary achievement with Michael Dunlop sitting at the pinnacle of his sport. Well done Michael.”

Written by Peter Henshaw

Top image courtesy of Philip Magowan/Double Red