Dunlopís Southern comfort

Thursday, 20 July 2017

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A CONFIDENT Michael Dunlop has promised more success riding the Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 following a hat-trick at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man.
Entirely new for 2017, the Japanese machine has endured a troubled start to life on the roads, but Dunlop says Hawk Racing is finally beginning to unlock its potential as they look to build on their breakthrough victory in last month's Senior TT.
At the Southern 100, Dunlop came out on top from Manxman Dan Kneen in the Corlett's Trophies 600/1000 race and seven-lap Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior event, and took the chequered flag in the Island Aggregates Superbike clash.
The Ballymoney man capped off a near perfect performance by setting a new outright lap record of the Billown Circuit with an average speed of 115.707mph.
In equally impressive form was Englishman Dean Harrison who clinched his first Southern 100 Solo Championship crown by coming out on top in a thrilling nine-lap duel from runner-up Kneen by 0.131 seconds with Dunlop settling for third. Although the outcome dashed Dunlop's hopes of lifting a fourth Feature Race title in the space of seven years, he said the results left him feeling positive.
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