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May 15, 2014

Michael Dunlop Claims Superbike Pole Position At The North West 200

Michael Dunlop.

Vauxhall International North West 200

The Triangle Circuit

Northern Ireland

May 15, 2014

Superbike Provisional Qualifying Session Two Results:

1. Michael Dunlop (BMW S1000RR), 4:24.095, 122.274 mph

2. Michael Rutter (BMW S1000RR), 4:25.050, 121.834 mph

3. Alastair Seeley (Kaw ZX-10R), 4:25.546, 121.606 mph

4. Guy Martin (Suz GSX-R1000), 4:25.850, 121.467 mph

5. William Dunlop (Suz GSX-R1000), 4:26.284, 121.269 mph

6. Bruce Anstey (Hon CBR1000RR), 4:26.567, 121.140 mph

7. Conor Cummins (Hon CBR1000RR), 4:26.638, 121.108 mph

8. Stuart Easton (Kaw ZX-10R), 4:27.664, 120.644 mph

9. Martin Jessopp (BMW S1000RR), 4:28.344, 120.338 mph

10. James Hillier (Kaw ZX-10R), 4:28.410, 120.308 mph

11. Horst Saiger (Kaw ZX-10R), 4:28.609, 120.219 mph

12. Josh Brookes (Yam YZF-R1), 4:28.758, 120.153 mph

13. Ian Hutchinson (Yam YZF-R1), 4:28.876, 120.100 mph

14. Lee Johnston (Hon CBR1000RR), 4:28.905, 120.087 mph

15. John McGuinness (Hon CBR1000RR), 4:29.007, 120.041 mph

16. Dean Harrison (Kaw ZX-10R), 4:29.797, 119.690 mph

17. Dan Kneen (Suz GSX-R1000), 4:31.232, 119.057 mph

18. Simon Andrews (BMW S1000RR), 4:31.405, 118.981 mph

19. Jamie Hamilton (Hon CBR1000RR), 4:33.052, 118.263 mph

20. Stephen Thompson (BMW S1000RR), 4:33.167, 118.213 mph

Supersport Provisional Qualifying Session Two Results:

1. Alastair Seeley (Yam YZF-R6), 4:35.624, 117.160 mph

2. Michael Rutter (Tri Daytona 675), 4:36.289, 116.878 mph

3. Lee Johnston (Hon CBR600RR), 4:36.967, 116.592 mph

4. William Dunlop (Suz GSX-R600), 4:37.036, 116.562 mph

5. Gary Johnson (Tri Daytona 675), 4:37.876, 116.210 mph

6. Josh Brookes (Yam YZF-R6), 4:37.999, 116.159 mph

7. Keith Amor (Hon CBR600RR), 4:38.628, 115.896 mph
8. Guy Martin (Suz GSX-R600), 4:38.995, 115.744 mph
9. John McGuinness (Hon CBR600RR), 4:39.965, 115.343 mph
10. Dean Harrison (Yam YZF-R6), 4:40.181, 115.254 mph

More, from a press release issued by Honda Racing:

Honda Racing completes North West 200 qualifying

Following the second and final qualifying session for the 2014 North West 200 in Northern Ireland today, Honda Racing’s Conor Cummins and John McGuinness will start Saturday’s Superbike races from seventh and 15th respectively on the grid.

The 45-minute session took place in warm and sunny conditions as the riders headed out on the 8.9-mile circuit in an attempt to improve on yesterday’s times. Cummins was able to climb to seventh on the grid after posting a 4:26.638 lap, 2.5 seconds behind pole sitter Michael Dunlop.

McGuinness – who is celebrating his 20th North West 200 – struggled in today’s session as he continues to recover from a broken scaphoid sustained in training two months ago. The six-time NW200 winner did manage to improve his lap time and will start from 15th position. Just five seconds separate the top 15 riders on the highly-competitive Superbike grid.

Saturday’s race order is below, with roads closing at 10.30am BST. Cummins and McGuinness will complete for Honda Racing in the two Superbike outings:

Supersport race (6 laps)

Superbike race (7 laps)

Supertwin race (4 laps)

Superstock race (6 laps)

NW200 Superbike race (7 laps)

John McGuinness

It was pretty tough for me today. This is my first time in anger on the bike since my accident and with back-to-back practice on my 600, Stocker and the Superbike today, it’s taken its toll. I’ll have some physio ahead of tonight’s Supersport and Superstock races and hopefully that will help.

Conor Cummins

I’m pretty happy with today to be honest. We made a few changes half way through the session and put a different tyre in the rear, which worked mega, so I managed to go quicker. The guys are busting their chops to get things sorted for me and I’m excited for the race now. I need to get some steady results under my belt ahead of the TT so I’m going to give it some welly!

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