TT 2016: Dunlop takes Victory to second TT podium
William Dunlop took Victory to their second consecutive podium in the electric race at the Isle of Man TT with second place in yesterday’s TT Zero.
The Ballymoney man, who has endured a tough campaign thus far on his petrol-powered machines, clocked a lap of 115.844mph to finish second to Mugen’s Bruce Anstey.
Pre-race favourite John McGuinness lost a significant amount of time after his kill switch engaged when landing at Ballacrye. He was able to restart the machine but finished fourth place.
Dunlop’s map marked a huge improvement for Victory, who circulated the 37.73 mile course with an average speed of 111.620mph to finish third in last year’s race.
“I’m really happy. I didn’t get to race the electric bike last year, but I could really feel the difference in the Victory RR – it’s a massive step forward. The bike has a really, really good motor and a massive respect to the Victory Racing boys for putting such a good bike together.”
Team manager Brian Wismann added: “We had a stellar day today and I couldn’t be happier for William and the team. As last year, we’ve managed to hit our goals with the added benefit of moving up one step on the podium and closing the gap on the top team.
“The Victory RR bike and program came together over the span of less than six months so we really couldn’t ask for more. Hopefully next year we’ll have the chance to improve further and give the Mugen team a run for their money.”