Dunlop Celebrates Podium Domination at Isle of Man TT
DUNLOP MOTORSPORT CELEBRATED A PODIUM LOCK-OUT AT THE 2012 ISLE OF MAN TT WHERE DUNLOP TOOK 12 PODIUM PLACES OUT OF A POSSIBLE 12, WINNING EVERY RACE AND SETTING A NEW RACE RECORD IN THE TT SUPERBIKE RACE.
The adrenaline fuelled event kicked off with the Superbike class, where previous 17 time winner John McGuinness took his 18th TT victory. McGuinness set the pace throughout the six laps, building an unassailable 14 second lead over closest competitor Cameron Donald. Third was Bruce Anstey to complete a superb Dunlop one, two, three.
Dunlop’s good form continued in the first Supersport race and what a thriller it was. After 150.2miles/241.7km (4 laps) of the TT circuit just 0.77 seconds separated winner Bruce Anstey and runner up Cameron Donald. A fantastic race was capped off by a first podium finish for William Dunlop who was also riding on the Dunlop NTEC tyres.
McGuinness, Dunlop’s TT hero year after year, was in supreme form again for the Superstock race, dominating the field to take his 19th and first Superstock TT win. McGuinness averaged an impressive 126mph/203kph using road legal Dunlop tyres.
Second place was closely fought and was secured on the final lap by Michael Dunlop who snatched it away from Ryan Farquhar, bringing Monday’s racing to an exciting end.
Wednesday racing found Dunlop celebrating its fourth clean sweep of the podium in the second Supersport race. Michael Dunlop, one of the youngest ever winners of the TT took his third Isle of Man win with Cameron Donald continuing his run of three second place finishes. Ryan Farquhar battled Bruce Anstey to take another third place by one hundredth of a second.
Europe’s Dunlop Motorcycle Product Support Manager, Mark Sears said: “The top three riders in the Supersport and Superstock races were on road legal Dunlop tyres. The
tyres offer riders the latest in tyre technology, delivering superb grip, precise feedback and unparalleled durability around the unforgiving Isle of Man track. Most importantly
Dunlop uses this race proven technology for road bike tyres such as the SportSmart and GP Racer D211. Unfortunately the weather brought a premature end to a memorable
racing week. For the first time since 1907 there was no Senior TT, a race which Dunlop has won consecutively since 2004.”