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2023 Armoy Road Races: Michael Dunlop sets standard at Armoy, wins Supersport race

Michael Dunlop, MD Racing, Yamaha R6, 2023 Armoy Road Races, action [credit - Derek Wilson]

Michael Dunlop was in dominant form as the Armoy Road Races got underway in Northern Ireland, the local favourite topping each qualifying practice session and scoring a race win.

The Ballymoney rider set the standard across each of the Superbike, Supersport and Supertwin qualifying sessions around the County Antrim course, before going on to claim a lap record-breaking race win in the Supersport class.

Though led by Davey Todd and Mike Browne during the initial stages, Dunlop regained the lead coming through lap two before breaking away from the competition to take victory.


Breaking the lap record with a 105.179mph effort on lap five of seven aboard the eponymous MD Racing Yamaha R6, Dunlop brought it home to win by +2.6s from Todd, with Dean Harrison following up in third place on the Russell Racing Yamaha R6.

Mike Browne, Burrows Engineering/RK Racing BMW and Adam Mclean JMcC Roofing Yamaha completed the top 5 after a close battle between the pair.

Dunlop led the way in qualifying for the main Race of Legends Feature race with Derek Shiels following him in second as they line-up, with Todd in third place.

He also set the pace in the super twin session aboard Jamie Cowards bike who is having to sit this weekend out after suffering a broken hip in a cycling accident.

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