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Michael Dunlop on provisional pole

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Michael Dunlop is on provisional pole for the North West 200 Superbike race after today's opening qualifying session.

He lapped on his Hawk Racing BMW at 121.652mph to finish half a second ahead of Alistair Seeley with Ian Hutchinson in third.

Hutchinson clocked 203.4mph on his Tyco BMW through the speed-trap.

Manx star Conor Cummins is 8th quickest.

Michael Rutter finished at the top of the Superstock standings with the session being stopped late on by a red flag - unfortunately Ben Wilson, who is scheduled to make his T.T. debut later this month, suffered a broken leg.

Seeley was again second and Hutchinson third.

Seeley, who is looking to for his 16th victory at the Triangle to move ahead of Robert Dunlop on the all-time list, was quickest in the Supersport class ahead of Ian Hutchinson and Martin Jessopp - Cummins is 19th.

And Jessopp is at the top of the Supertwin rankings ahead of Ivan Lintin and Ryan Farquhar.

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