Jun 3, 2013
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by David Swarts
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Isle of Man TT: Michael Dunlop (6) and Guy Martin (4) during Supersport TT Race One Monday.
Isle of Man TT
Isle of Man, UK
June 3, 2013
Provisional Race One Results:
1. Michael Dunlop, UK (Hon CBR600RR), 1:12:20.162, 125.182 mph
2. Bruce Anstey (Hon CBR600RR), 1:12:30.520, 124.884 mph
3. William Dunlop, UK (Yam YZF-R6), 1:12:43.602, 124.510 mph
4. John McGuinness, UK (Hon CBR600RR), 1:12:50.749, 124.306 mph
5. James Hillier (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:13:13.320, 123.668 mph
6. Guy Martin, UK (Suz GSX-R600), 1:13:17.846, 123.540 mph
7. Cameron Donald, Australia (Hon CBR600RR), 1:13:36.985, 123.005 mph
8. Dean Harrison (Yam YZF-R6), 1:13:47.386, 122.716 mph
9. Dan Stewart (Hon CBR600RR), 1:14:46.332, 121.104 mph
10. Daniel Cooper (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:15:14.098, 120.359 mph
22. Jimmy Storrar, USA (Hon CBR600RR), 1:16:46.550, 117.877 mph
More, from a press release issued by Isle of Man TT Press Office:
Dunlop doubles up with Monster Energy Supersport 1 Race Win
Michael Dunlop made it two wins from two at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, when he took the opening Monster Energy Supersport race on Monday morning, the day after his stunning race win in the Dainese Superbike Race. Riding the MD Racing Honda, Dunlop took the lead at Ballaugh on the opening lap from brother William and with a 127.525mph lap on his second lap, he caught Bruce Anstey on the road and eventually took the win from the Kiwi by 10.3s.
With perfect conditions on the Island, the race got underway as scheduled at 10.45am and it was William Dunlop who led through Glen Helen on the opening lap, his advantage over Anstey 1.6s, with Michael a further 0.1s back. Indeed, it was tight all the way down the leaderboard with less than four seconds covering the top ten.
On the run to Ramsey though, Michael turned his deficit into a 1.5s lead, with Anstey now in third, a further 0.5s back from William but by the Grandstand, an opening lap of 126.431mph extended his lead to 4.2s. Anstey had moved back into second by two seconds with Cameron Donald in fourth, just ahead of Guy Martin and a flying Dean Harrison.
On the second lap, Dunlop pressed on and could now see Anstey ahead on the road, his lap of 127.525mph only a fraction outside his own lap record. The lead was now close to ten seconds with William still holding onto third although the rest of the leaderboard was shuffling somewhat with Martin up to fourth ahead of Donald, John McGuinness, Harrison, Gary Johnson on the MV Agusta and James Hillier.
As they left the solitary pit stop, Dunlop and Anstey were together and the pair of them had caught McGuinness, Donald and Hillier on the road giving the thousands of fans around the course a tremendous sight and the dice allowed the battle for fourth to go all the way to the line.
The top three positions were all but secure on the final lap, McGuinness giving William Dunlop a brief scare for third as he closed to within four and half seconds although the latter responded to take the final podium spot by over seven seconds.
It all meant Michael Dunlop took his fifth TT victory, equalling the total of his father Robert, with Anstey and William rounding out the podium, the first time the two siblings have shared a TT rostrum.
McGuinness took a strong fourth with Hillier having another excellent ride into fifth as he overhauled Martin on the final lap. Donald slipped back to seventh with Harrison, Dan Stewart and Dan Cooper rounding out the top ten.
Cooper's tenth place made him the first privateer home ahead of Dan Kneen (11th) and Robert Wilson (13th) but Kneen has now taken over the lead in the overall TT Privateers Championship.
More, from a press release issued by Centurion Racing:
Top Results For Cooper In Supersport And Superstock TT Races
Centurion Racing rider Daniel Cooper put in two excellent rides at the Isle of Man TT Races today to claim a pair of top 15 finishes including a superb tenth place in this morning's four lap Monster Energy Supersport race.
Still in discomfort from the shoulder he dislocated whilst racing in the Superbike race yesterday, 26-year-old Cooper from Stroud was in superb form on the Centurion Racing Triumph Daytona 675 and a new personal best for the class on the opening lap of 122.336mph placed him in 11th. Maintaining station on the second lap with another near 122mph lap, Dan and the Cornwall-based team had another excellent pit stop meaning they were pushing hard for a top ten position.
With Gary Johnson and the MV Agusta retiring at the beginning of lap four, they were promoted up into the final top ten spot and Dan was able to hold on to the position with a final lap of 122.128mph, winning another silver replica in the process.
In the afternoon, the 2006 British 125cc champion switched to the 1000cc Honda Fireblade for the four lap Royal London Superstock race which would test his shoulder to the limit but a strong opening lap of 122.833mph placed him comfortably inside the top 20. Lapping at an almost identical pace, Dan held station on the second lap but jumped up to 15th a lap later, aided once again by a slick pit stop.
With an excellent final lap of 123.561mph, Dan brought the bike home for 15th place and a bronze replica, thus maintaining his 100% record of finishing every TT race since he made his debut in 2010.
Dan Cooper: "It's been a tough few days and I'm worn out now! It was always going to be hard work but with the shoulder problem it's been worse but I've got through the day and am looking forward to a day off and some rest now. I'm happy with tenth place in the Supersport race although at the same time I was hoping for slightly better but apart from Gary, no-one dropped out so it was a strong tenth place. The Superstock race was always going to be tougher and each time I went over Ballaugh Bridge I was convinced the shoulder was going to pop out again. I posted some consistent laps though and I'm really pleased to keep my 100% finishing record so I'll be hoping for more of the same in the final two races."
Paul Rees, Team Manager: "We're really pleased with Dan's performances in both races today and he's notched up two more excellent results. It was a bit of a struggle for him with the shoulder and both races were hard work so a big thanks to Isla Scott for the excellent physio work she's done on Dan. The Supersport race was always the one where we felt the most confident and tenth place and another silver replica is a great result. There were another four laps to get through in the Superstock race and with extra pressure on the injury, Dan did a great job to bring the bike home in 15th for a bronze replica. The team are well chuffed whilst the mechanics have done a great job once again with both bikes completing the race without any issues. All in all, it's been a good day at the office and we're all looking forward to a day off now."
As in previous seasons, Centurion Racing will continue to show their support for Help for Heroes, their chosen charity, by displaying H4H logos on the bikes and team attire. Team Principal Paul Rees, who spent 20 years in Her Majesty's Royal Marine Commandos, was given permission to have the bikes carry the H4H logos in order to encourage the public to be more aware of this charity that supports our Armed Forces, many of whom are making daily sacrifices in Afghanistan.
Centurion Racing would specially like to thank Arai, FTR, GPR Racewear, Dunlop, RichArt, R2 Logo Print & Embroidery, Akrapovic, SW Commercials, 2K Coachworks, Fuchs Silkolene and Daytona for personally supporting Dan, and all our friends and followers.