Michael Dunlop wins Senior race with Suzuki GSX-R1000
The all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000 supersport bike, which was ridden by now 14-time Isle of Man Tourist Tour (TT) champion Michael Dunlop, reigned supreme by owning the roads of the Senior TT of the Isle man with a fastest clocking of 1:09:24.711.
Backed by Suzuki’s subsidiary Suzuki GB, Dunlop took the lead on first lap and gradually pulled away from the battle for second place to run alone at the front, finishing 14.680 seconds ahead of BMW pilot Peter Hickman who came in second.
In another category of the race which is the Superbike TT, Dunlop was able to set the fastest lap time but had to retire due to technical issues.
“The bike never missed a beat. We had the problem in the Superbike race, and if it wasn’t for that, we could have had two wins with the big girl. But we’re here with a brand-new motorbike and the boys have worked hard to get us to this point, and in that race, she never missed a beat. Steve, all the team, put so much effort in and people won’t understand how far we’ve come. We’ve made the impossible possible. I could have gone faster, but it was important to get to the finish. This potential’s been coming. If I’d had this bike at the North West 200 I think that would have been a different story, too. But we’ve won the Senior TT, what more can we say?” said Dunlop.
Since first winning the 50cc TT in 1962, Suzuki has achieved a number of victories at the Isle of Man TT. This year became the first win in nine years for GSX-R1000, when it won two races in 2008. Also, the win in Senior TT is the first time in 13 years for Suzuki since 2004, proving high performances of the all-new GSX-R1000.