Roads: Armoy triple for Dunlop

Published: 31 July 2017

Michael Dunlop continued a strong 2017 road racing season with a treble win at Armoy ahead of next week’s Ulster Grand Prix.

The Ballymoney ace, who took his Bennetts Suzuki team to victory in this year’s Senior TT, comfortably won both Superbike races aboard the GSX-R1000 this weekend.

Dunlop finished 4.687 seconds ahead of Derek McGee to take the top spot in Saturday’s open Superbike race by 4.687 seconds before going on to dominate the Race of Legends, getting the better of brother William by 12.655 seconds on the big Suzuki.

The feature race win saw Dunlop complete an Armoy triple with the two Superbike victories joined by a win in the Supersport class on his MD Racing Yamaha ahead of McGee and James Cowton.

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McGee took victory in a shortened opening Supersport race on Friday after Dunlop retired with machine issues, the Irish star doubled up on Saturday with victory in the Supertwins race.

The meeting was met with controversy earlier in the week with reigning Irish road racing Superbike champion Derek Sheils excluded from the start list as he was unable to participate in Friday’s practice sessions as he’d committed to being best man at a friend’s wedding. The Cookstown Burrows Engineering squad had hoped to meet an agreement with organisers to see Sheils complete extra practice laps on Saturday in order to be allowed onto the grid, but organisers decided this wouldn’t be fair. 

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