Michael Dunlop has upped the ante once again with his second TT win of 2014, taking a stunning victory in the RL360 Superstock 1000 race at the Isle of Man. Dunlop’s ninth TT race win comes just days after winning the Superbike TT race on the BMW S 1000 RR, proving once again that BMW Motorrad is a force to be reckoned with on the road racing scene.
Dunlop’s ride to victory came in the postponed Superstock 1000 fixture, which had been scheduled to take place on Monday. Due to inclement weather, the race was held today instead.
Michael set off as the sixth rider today onboard his BMW S 1000 RR Superstock machine, and quickly fought his way to the front of the pack. Dunlop repeated his Superbike race form and game plan, setting a staggering 129.588 mph lap from a standing start – and crossing the start/finish line after the initial lap as the fastest rider on the road. Dunlop also set the fastest lap of the race at 129.78 mph on his second pass around the Isle of Man TT course.
Before long, the Ballymoney man had caught up with and overtaken both Bruce Anstey and James Hillier, leading both on corrected times and on the roads.
Dunlop spent the next three laps extending his lead to over 19 seconds, maintaining it through the pit stop, and never once looked unlikely to take his ninth TT win and BMW Motorrrad’s second big bike win in 75 years, crossing the line after the four-lap race with another victory to his name. Dean Harrison finished the race almost 20 seconds later, with Bruce Anstey in third place.
2014 marks exactly 75 years since BMW Motorrad’s last Superbike victory at the Isle of Man in 1939, when Georg Meier won on a Type 255 Kompressor.
For more information and live timing, or to download the full race results from today, visit www.iomtt.com.
The highlights from today’s racing will be broadcast on ITV4 at 9pm and will be available online via www.itv.com/itvplayer.
“I’m really delighted with this win. The Superstock race is quite special as it’s the nearest thing to the bikes you can go out and buy. The BMW S 1000 RR didn’t miss a beat and the tyres worked great. Credit has to go to BMW for putting together such a great road bike – I could have gone faster on it if I had needed to. It was a great race, though, I really enjoyed it.”
Lee Nicholls, Marketing Manager for BMW Motorrad UK
“The win today was absolutely amazing. For Michael to have won on the BMW S 1000 RR Superstock machine is a real testament to the quality of the bike, especially one so close to what any customer can walk into a BMW Motorrad Dealership and ride out on. But Michael’s riding was in another class today, he was absolutely exceptional today.”