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Dunlop seals Supersport double to move onto 25 TT wins

He does so whilst also smashing Supersport lap record

Michael Dunlop has made it a Supersport race double after taking another convincing victory in today's Supersport TT Race 2.

The Northern Irishman took this victory in extra style as he also smashed his own Supersport lap record on his final lap at 130.403mph ahead of Peter Hickman who battled hard to finish in second 9.6 seconds back.

Meanwhile, Dean Harrison held on to claim third despite a long-standing challenge throughout the race by Davey Todd behind.

Dunlop now moves onto 25 TT wins which puts him one victory away from matching the all-time TT win record set by his uncle, Joey Dunlop, on 26.

Dunlop, who'd take a commanding win in the first race in the class several days earlier, started off once again in an authoritative style at the head of the leaderboard on the opening lap to lead by 6.6 seconds from Harrison after the first circuit who in turn held a 2.4 second advantage over Peter Hickman in third.

As Dunlop entered for the pit stop at the end of lap two his gap at the top had grown to 11.6 seconds, but there was a change in behind as Hickman managed to overhaul Harrison into second with Hickman also enjoyed a slightly quicker pit stop in the process of heading into lap three.

In behind at the halfway stage, Davey Todd and Jamie Coward were making up the top five whilst an impressive run from James Hind had him slotting into six at that stage.

After passing Todd on the road in lap three, Hickman increased his cushion to Harrison in third by just over 16 seconds by the time the leading riders reached Ramsey, with Harrison coming into the sights of Todd who at that stage had come to within just over five seconds of his fellow Yorkshireman Harrison.

Into the fourth and final lap, and it seemed as though there were the early makings of a grandstand finish as Hickman in second had slashed Dunlop's advantage at the front to under nine seconds, whilst Harrison's advantage over Todd has also decreased to just over three seconds in the battle for the final podium spot.

But ultimately it would prove a bridge too far for Hickman couldn't match a stunning final-lap response from Dunlop who would go on to hold out for his 25th TT win with Hickman having to settle for second.

In an equally tense finish for the final podium spot it was Harrison who was able to hold on following a Todd offensive in the closing stages, with Harrison taking third by 11.8 seconds.

Tomorrow will be a rest day from the race schedule before the action returns on Friday with the Superstock TT Race 2 on Friday at 11.45am followed straight after by the Supertwin TT Race 2 at 2pm.

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