William Dunlop stole pole position from Gary Johnson in the closing stages of today's final Ulster GP Supersport qualifying session. Dunlop's lap of 126.819mph saw him edge just over a second clear of Johnson with Michael Dunlop a further half second back in third.
Dunlop opened up with a lap of 125.985mph and although he broke the 126mph barrier second time around, Johnson went quicker on the same Padgett's Honda John McGuinness used at the North West 200 and TT with a lap of 126.165mph. It gave him top spot by just 0.086s but Dunlop's final lap of almost 127mph means he'll line up on pole for Saturday's two races.
Younger brother Michael found himself outside the top ten for the first half of the 30-minute session but he gradually worked his way up the leaderboard and a lap of 125.951mph saw him edge out Bruce Anstey, the Kiwi rider's lap of 125.506mph meaning he'll round out the front row.
Just two seconds split the top six and it was the two Tyco Suzukis of Guy Martin and Conor Cummins who placed fifth and sixth with seventh-placed Ian Lougher the last rider to lap in excess of 125mph. Michael Pearson was in eighth with impressive newcomers Daniel Cooper and Lee Johnston completing the top ten. Dan Kneen, making his comeback to racing after crashing at the TT, is 19th although he lapped slower than he did on Wednesday evening.
Top six times
1 William Dunlop 126.819mph
2 Gary Johnson 126.165
3 Michael Dunlop 125.951
4 Bruce Anstey 125.506
5 Guy Martin 125.201
6 Conor Cummins 125.138