MICHAEL Dunlop destroyed yet another lap record and brought his win tally to 17 with victory in today’s opening Monster Energy Supersport TT race.
On his own MD Racing Honda CBR600RR, the Northern Irishman powered to a 129.197 on his second lap, beating the 128.666mph record he set back in 2013.
But it wasn’t all Dunlop domination. Silicone Engineering’s Dean Harrison had grabbed the early lead as he led by a second at Glen Helen on lap one, but Dunlop soon had the edge and the order was reversed by the time they hit Ramsey Hairpin.
As the leaders hit the pits at the end of lap two, Dunlop had nearly 6.5s on Harrison and with similar pit stop times, Dunlop had a comfortable gap heading out for the final two laps.
The Ballymoney man stretched his advantage to nearly 10 seconds and held it all the way to the flag to pocket his second victory of the week, while Harrison took second and Peter Hickman brought the Trooper Triumph by Smith’s Racing home on the final step.
Meanwhile, handbags flew after Xavier Denis tipped over in a traffic tangle during his pit stop, resulting in a few fisticuffs. The angry Frenchman was then forced to do the walk of shame up pit lane as he exited the race.
Retirements included Mike Booth, Frank Gallagher and Adam Lyon.
Provisional Monster Energy Supersport TT Race One results
- Michael Dunlop
- Dean Harrison
- Peter Hickman
- James Hillier
- Conor Cummins
- Josh Brookes
- Gary Johnson
- Lee Johnston
- James Cowton
- Ivan Lintin
*Image: Double Red