Ad closing in seconds....

Roads: Dunlop pips Kneen in opening Southern 100 battle

Published: 12 July 2017

Updated: 12 July 2017

Michael Dunlop returned to winning ways as the 2017 Steam Packet Southern 100 got underway on the Isle of Man with victory in the opening 600cc/1000cc encounter.

However, it didn’t come easy for the Senior TT winner with local man Dan Kneen pushing him all the way to cross the line less than two tenths behind the Bennetts Suzuki star on the DTR BMW he took to the podium in this year’s Superstock TT.

There was nothing between the Northern Irishman and Manxman throughout the race, with Kneen leading until Dunlop took over at the front with two laps to go as he looks to retain his Southern 100 crown after dominating the event last year.


Determined to beat Dunlop in front of his home crowd, Kneen clocked a new lap record for the Billown circuit with an average speed of 114.185mph on the final lap but it wasn’t enough and he’d have to settle for second.

Dean Harrison completed the podium on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, ahead of Jamie Coward and Ivan Lintin. James Cowton rounded out the top six.

Corlett’s Trophies 600/1000cc Results

  1. Michael Dunlop – Suzuki
  2. Dan Kneen – BMW
  3. Dean Harrison – Kawasaki
  4. Jamie Coward – BMW 
  5. Ivan Lintin – Kawasaki 
  6. James Cowton – Kawasaki
  7. Rob Hodson – BMW 
  8. Mark Goodings – Kawasaki
  9. Michael Russell – Kawasaki
  10. Anthony Redmond – BMW 

Looking for the perfect two-wheeled companion? Visit MCN Bikes For Sale website or use MCN's Bikes For Sale App.

Bauer Media

Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141
Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing,
Company Number: LP003328 Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT.
All registered in England and Wales. VAT no 918 5617 01
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd are authorised and regulated by the FCA(Ref No. 710067)