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03/06/2013 DAINESE SUPERBIKE RACE REPORT

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Honda TT Legend rider Michael Dunlop secured a win in the most iconic TT race in the rescheduled Dainese Superbike race. It was a race for records, emotion and thrilling excitement over six laps of the mountain course. Fans were reduced to tears as the twenty-four year old Ballymoney rider took the top step on the podium some thirty years after his late uncle, twenty-six times TT winner Joey, notched his first major victory for the Honda factory.

Current King of the Mountain John McGuinness, paid tribute to the Dunlop legend and former teammate, by wearing Joey's iconic livery and sporting the number three. Despite a sixty second penalty for a pit lane infringement, the nineteen times TT winner, called upon his years of experience to close the gap on Dainese rider Guy Martin. It was a hard fought battle that only concluded on the sixth and final lap, as McGuinness bettered his 2009 lap record with a 131.67.

For the Tyko Suzuki and Dainese rider, Martin took little consolation from missing a podium place by a mere seven seconds. Disappointment certainly, but an outstanding performance by the thirty-one year old from Kirmington Lincs.

Conor Cummins on the Milwaukee Yamaha R1 settled into the race and climbed the table to finish fifth overall. Dainese rider Cummins was jubilant with the performance and outlined that the team had gathered valuable data that would prepare the team well for the races during the week.