Michael Dunlop has been declared winner of the abandoned Dundrod 150 Superbike race at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix.
The Hawk BMW rider took an early lead in the race to lead Bruce Anstey and Conor Cummins before red flags were drawn following an incident as the leaders headed into their second lap.
Initially riders were set to go back out after the stoppage, but with darkness drawing in it was decided to abandon the race in the interests of safety.
While it was first thought the result would be abandoned with the race, organisers have since declared the order at the time of the red flag the result, further adding to Dunlop’s unbeaten big bike streak at this year’s international road races.
Bruce Anstey, who has been on the pace throughout practice, took second ahead of Honda’s Conor Cummins with Ian Hutchinson, also in a position to fight for the win, fourth.
Dean Harrison took fifth for Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, ahead of Dan Kneen and pole position man Derek Sheils. Devitt RC Express duo Steve Mercer and Jamie Coward were eighth and ninth with Dominic Herbertson rounding out the top ten.
Peter Hickman, who has been among the fastest men on Superbikes so far this week, opted to sit out of the race due to the poor conditions.
Racing resumes on Saturday as the official Ulster Grand Prix action gets underway.
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