Michael Dunlop won a historic Dainese Superbike race to kick off the 2014 Isle of Man TT week. Riding the S1000RR, Dunlop secured BMW its first win on the Isle of Man since Georg Meier won on a Type 255 Kompressor in 1939.
After catching early leader James Hillier of the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team on the opening lap, Dunlop continued to set an impressive first lap time of 17:11.107, which translates to a record average speed of 131.730 mph on the 37.73-mile Mountain Course. Tyco Suzuki‘s Guy Martin was second with a time of 17:20.583 on the opening lap, ahead by less than three seconds of Honda’s Conor Cummins.
Dunlop increased his lead to 17 seconds with another lap record, this time averaging a speed of 131.890 mph. After establishing a solid lead, Dunlop headed to the pits at the end of Lap 4 and left with his advantage intact.
After the full six laps, Dunlop won by a comfortable margin with a time of 1:45:46.384, a full 20 seconds ahead of Martin and an average speed of 128.415 mph.
“It’s been 75 years for BMW Motorrad since it won the TT in 1939 – so today’s win is a nice present to send back to its museum,” says Dunlop. “The BMW Motorrad/Hawk Racing team worked really well, and we showed everyone that you can complete two laps at full race pace on that BMW S1000RR. For a bike to last around the TT, especially the way I bust them, is just fantastic. The BMW is only just showing its potential, there’s a lot more to come from that bike.”
As impressive as Dunlop two record-setting laps were, they were eclipsed on the final lap by Honda rider Bruce Anstey who became the first racer to top the 132-mph mark with a new Isle of Man record average speed of 132.298 mph.
|2014 Isle of Man TT: Superbike TT Top Five Results|
|1||Michael Dunlop||BMW/Hawk Racing||1:45:46.384||128.415 mph|
|2||Guy Martin||Tyco Suzuki||1:45:46.384||128.000 mph|
|3||Conor Cummins||Honda||1:46:09.934||127.940 mph|
|4||Bruce Anstey||Valvoline Racing Honda||1:46:31.687||127.504 mph|
|5||Michael Rutter||BMW/Bathams||1:46:48.186||127.176 mph|