Michael Dunlop took the first of two Supersport TT races in this year’s Isle of Man TT, putting him tied for fifth with Mike Hailwood at 14 career TT wins. Dunlop finished with a total time of 1:12.48.601 in the four-lap race, giving him an average speed of 124.368 mph.
Overnight rains pushed the start time for the Supersport TT back by more than two hours, and riders were still cautioned about a couple of wet spots remaining on the Mountain Course. Once things got underway, it was James Hillier that took the early lead ahead of William Dunlop and his brother Michael. Other front-runners included Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison, Peter Hickman and Superbike TT winner Ian Hutchinson.
Michael Dunlop soon closed the gap and the lead passed between him and Hillier over the first lap. Hillier was the fastest around the opening lap, with an average speed of 124.743 mph but Dunlop was not far behind, averaging 124.697 mph.
Dunlop took over on Lap 2, gaining a 1.8 second edge through Glen Helen with Hillier remaining ahead of William Dunlop, Johnson, Hutchinson and Hickman. Michael Dunlop came into the pits after the second lap, with a 2.4-second lead over Hillier.
Hillier made up some ground early on the third lap before Dunlop pulled away again. Behind them, Hickman closed in on William Dunlop to move up to third.
Michael Dunlop continued to stretch his lead on the final lap, finishing 13.2 seconds faster than Hillier. Hickman finished third for his second podium of the week.
|2017 Isle of Man TT: Supersport TT Race 1 Top Five Results|
|1||Michael Dunlop||Yamaha/MD Racing||1:12:48.601||124.368 mph|
|2||James Hillier||Kawasaki/JG Speedfit Kawasaki||1:13:01.845||123.992 mph|
|3||Peter Hickman||Triumph/Trooper Beer||1:13:14.613||123.631 mph|
|4||William Dunlop||Yamaha/IC Racing/Caffrey International||1:13:24.040||123.367 mph|
|5||Ian Hutchinson||Yamaha/McAMS Yamaha||1:13:50.168||122.639 mph|