TT 2022: Michael Dunlop takes first place as Supersport’s most successful rider

Michael Dunlop became the most successful rider ever in the Supersport class at the Isle of Man TT when he completed a double on Friday to take his 21st win at the Mountain Course.

The 33-year-old fended off Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer Triumph) to seal the spoils on his MD Racing Yamaha, capping off a ninth Supersport success to knock out one of Ian Hutchinson.

Dunlop managed to keep his nose up front in the two-lap race, which was reduced from four laps as part of a revised Friday schedule.

The gap between the Ballymoney man and Hickman was less than half a second at the Bungalow on the opening lap, but Dunlop eventually proved too big when he started turning the screw on the final lap.

He extended his lead to 1.6 seconds in Ramsey and pulled further forward on the run to the finish, eventually winning by 3.2 seconds, with Dean Harrison coming home third on the DAO Racing Kawasaki, 21.3 seconds behind Hickman.

The race leaders seemed on track to break Dunlop’s lap record, which he set at 129.475 mph in Monday’s race, but strong winds over the Mountain section prevented further improvement.

Dunlop set the fastest lap of the race on lap two at 128.536 mph.

Davy Todd (Milenco of Padgett’s Racing Honda) was fourth, 17.5 seconds behind Harrison, with Jamie Coward fifth on the KTS/Steadplan Yamaha.

Manxman Conor Cummins completed the top six on the Milenco by Padgett’s Racing Honda.

OMG Yamaha’s James Hillier and Dominic Herbertson (Cowton Racing Kawasaki) rounded out the top eight.

Mike Browne took a nice ninth place on the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Yamaha ahead of Paul Jordan of Magherafelt (PreZ Racing Yamaha).

Fermanagh’s Lee Johnston, seventh in Ramsey on lap one, dropped out in the pits after struggling with his eyesight.

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