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Isle of Man TT 2014: Monster Supersport TT 2 Results
Michael Dunlop led from start to finish to win the second Supersport TT race, giving him 10 TT victories in his career, tying him with the likes of Giacomo Agostini. Dunlop also joins sidecar racer Robert Fisher, Ian Lougher and Stanley Woods with 10 wins apiece, all tied for seventh overall on the all-time wins list.
Riding his MD Racing Honda CBR600RR, Dunlop got off to a strong start, recording a time of 17:55.817 on the opening lap, giving him a 4.6-second advantage over fellow Honda rider Bruce Anstey.
Anstey started the time trial ten seconds before Dunlop, and by the second lap, the two were running neck and neck, with Dunlop overcoming that ten-second head start. Dunlop thus only had to stay with Anstey for the rest of the race to ensure victory. Remember, in the Isle of Man TT, it’s not who crosses the finish first but who has the overall fastest time that wins.
And that’s how the two went up until the final stretch when Anstey, knowing victory was out of reach, eased off in a show of good sportsmanship to allow Dunlop to cross the finish line first. Dunlop’s older brother William finished third on his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600.
|2014 Isle of Man TT: Supersport TT 2 Top Five Results|
|1||Michael Dunlop||MD Racing Honda||1:12:23.794||125.078 mph|
|2||Bruce Anstey||Valvoline Racing Honda||1:12:33.883||124.788 mph|
|3||William Dunlop||Tyco Suzuki||1:12:47.678||124.394 mph|
|4||Dean Harrison||Martrain Yamaha||1:13:03.459||123.946 mph|
|5||James Hillier||Quatrro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki||1:13:37.712||122.985 mph|