TT 2016: Michael Dunlop: 'We came back fighting'

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Michael Dunlop came out fighting in Friday’s Senior TT to take his 13th career victory around the mountain course.

Upset with an issue he had with Wednesday’s Supersport race, the Ballymoney star came out with a point to prove in the six lap race and decimated his opposition to win by more than 30 seconds.

Gapping Hutchinson from the first lap, Dunlop led from start to finish breaking both the outright lap record and race record in the process.

“I came out fighting today so I can’t thank Stuart and Steve Hicken enough, they’ve worked hard,” he said. “It’s a little family effort, they do it themselves so it’s fantastic to stand here and give them that privilege. They’ve worked hard to put a bike on the grid and made it easy for me to be honest.

“We changed a couple of things in the pit stop, couple of clicks here and there, and I got my hammer down as I was peeved from what happened on Wednesday so we dug deep and away we went.

“That’s the way it goes and we came back fighting. It’s great. It’s the first time a private bike has come here and won races.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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