Michael Dunlop scored his third career Isle of Man TT victory with a win during the the second Supersport TT of 2012.
Michael Dunlop claimed the third TT victory of his career, the McAdoo Racing rider taking the second Supersport race at the Isle of Man. Dunlop finished ahead of Wilson Craig Honda’s Cameron Donald, the Australian netting his third podium of the 2012 TT. KMR Kawasaki’s Ryan Farquhar rounded out the Supersport 2 rostrum, the Irishman nudging Padgett’s Honda rider Bruce Anstey by a scant 0.01-second margin.
Dunlop started the TT chasing big brother William in the timing. The Dunlop brothers led the field during the first lap, with Donald in third. William Dunlop fell from the leaders, however, the Wilson Craig rider and third-place podium finisher in the first Supersport TT unable to complete his opening circuit. Also forced to retire on Lap 1 was Honda’s Gary Johnson.
The attrition let Michael Dunlop open the gap on Donald on the timesheet. While the Australian cut into the leader’s advantage on Lap 3, Dunlop peeled off the fastest lap of the race on his final circling of the Mountain Course at 125.629 mph. Dunlop would end up besting his rival by 13.26 seconds for his third career TT victory, second in the Supersport class.
The race for third was decided by less than an eyelash in TT terms. Farquhar slipped ahead of Supersport 1 TT winner Anstey by one-hundredth of a second, the two sporting a virtually identical average speed of 122.633 mph. Farquhar was able to charge up onto the rostrum steps by following eventual fifth-placed rider, John McGuinness, on the course.
2012 Isle of Man Supersport 2 TT Results:
1. Michael Dunlop (Yamaha) 123.543 mph
2. Cameron Donald (Honda) 123.171 mph
3. Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki) 122.633 mph
4. Bruce Anstey (Honda) 122.633 mph
5. John McGuinness (Honda) 122.327 mph
6. Ian Hutchinson (Yamaha) 120.549 mph
7. James Hillier (Kawasaki) 120.436 mph
8. Guy Martin (Suzuki) 120.256 mph
9. Dan Stewart (Honda) 119.521 mph
10. Daniel Cooper (Triumph) 119.341 mph