TT 2016: Michael Dunlop: 'I can do a 134mph lap, maybe 135mph'

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Michael Dunlop has said he believes he can do a 135mph lap around the TT course after taking a dominant victory in today’s Superbike race.

Dunlop obliterated John McGuinness’ outright lap record from a standing start on the opening lap recording an average speed of 133.37mph, before matching his pace on his first flier. However, from Ramsey to Ramsey the Ballymoney star clocked an average of 134mph, showing signs that he could edge even further into the TT history books.

He went on to cross the line and take a new race record, 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Ian Hutchinson.

“It was really good, I can't complain, the bike was working really well,” he said. “Everyone had got pace but I just went into it with what I had. We just pushed on, I knew my pace and I kept at it, battering on. There's definitely a 134 in me and maybe even a 135 - there is only one way to find it, and I will be pushing myself for it. I said that I am here to win races, and I've shown today that I can, bagging my 12th TT win and breaking the records too. The boys behind me have worked hard. The effort that they have done is all out their own pockets, they have given me their all. You wouldn't believe the workshop that Stuart and Steve work in and they provide me with the best kit and a great set-up. Stuart has been very loyal to me after last year. Friday is a different day but if the weather is good I will have a good go. I want to keep adding to my tally."

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing