Ulster GP: Dunlop fastest in wet Superbike practice

Published: 10 August 2016

Michael Dunlop dominated a wet opening day for this year’s Ulster Grand Prix with fastest laps in the Supersport, Superstock and Superbike sessions.

The only session the Ballymoney man didn’t top was the opening Superbike session for the Dundrod 150 races, in which he placed third behind Derek Sheils and Conor Cummins.

Dunlop commanded the 40-minute session, with a fastest time of 121.602mph on his Hawk Racing BMW superbike and also set the second fastest time aboard his MD Racing stocker. 

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Derek Sheils rounded off a strong opening day for Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing in third on the Suzuki, ahead of Jamie Coward on the RC Express Racing Kawasaki.

Dean Harrison was fifth fastest with William Dunlop rounding out the top six. Peter Hickman took the GBmoto Kawasaki to seventh on the timesheets ahead of Mar-Train Yamaha’s Dan Kneen, while Bruce Anstey was ninth fastest on the Padgetts RCV.

Provisional Superbike/Superstock Session Result:

  1. Michael Dunlop – Hawk BMW – 121.602mph 
  2. Michael Dunlop – MD Racing BMW – 121.534mph 
  3. Derek Sheils – Cookstown BE Suzuki – 120.914mph 
  4. Jamie Coward – Devitt RC Express Racing – 119.803mph 
  5. Dean Harrison – Silicone Engineering Kawasaki – 119.649mph
  6. William Dunlop – IC Racing Yamaha – 119.536mph
  7. Peter Hickman – Gbmoto Kawasaki – 119.460mph
  8. Dan Kneen – Mar-Train Yamaha – 119.398mph
  9. Bruce Anstey – Padgetts Racing – 118.943mph 
  10. Dan Kneen – Mar-Train Yamaha – 118.254mph 

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