BMW Motorrad’s Micheal Dunlop has secured his second victory at the Isle of Man TT this year, making it his ninth overall following a win in the Superstock race this afternoon.
|Dunlop won the Superstock race for the third time
Photo: BMW Motorrad
However the race has been overshadowed by the sad passing of Karl Harris.
Facing serious a serious challenge from yesterday’s Supersport winner Gary Johnson throughout the opening lap, Dunlop was forced to push to try to take the win after he was quickest to Glen Helen, as just half a second covering the top four. However the threat from Johnson didn’t last for long as the Smiths Triumph rider crashed out at the Ramsey Hairpin, Johnson was taken to hospital and it was announced later he had ‘only’ broken his collarbone.
Heading into the second lap Dunlop continued to keep a solid lead, and was over 6 seconds ahead of Dean Harrison and Bruce Anstey as they flew past the grandstand for the first time. The 25 year old’s lead then doubled as the riders went into refuel following Dunlop setting the fastest lap at 129.778mph, and by the end of the third lap the Irishman was 18 seconds ahead. Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin’s TT win drought continues as he retired at Parliment Square on lap three.
Dunlop was then untouchable after using his pit boards to control the race in the closing laps, and won the race for the third time on a third different manufacturer by 20 seconds.“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.”
Harrison equalled his best ever result to take second ahead of Anstey finishing in third, a position he sat comfortably in for the whole race. David Johnson finished the race in fourth ahead of Manx rider Connor Cummins in fifth and Lee Johnston in sixth.
However not all riders walked away from crashes in today’s Superstock race, as sadly former British Supersport champion Karl ‘bomber’ Harris passed away this evening following an incident at Joey’s in the second lap of the race. Gary Thompson, TT Clerk of the Course, ACU Events, said: “Karl was one of the great characters in the race paddock. His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour lit up many race meetings. He was a hugely talented racer and will be sorely missed.”