Dunlop AgainMichael Dunlop takes over the mantle of King of the Mountain as the Dunlop Dynasty rises once more at the TT.
In 2014, Michael Dunlop, riding a factory supported BMW, was the name on everyone's lips and the Northern Ireland racer didn't disappoint, winning a treble on the BMW of Superbike, Superstock and Senior races. A fitting tribute to the 75th anniversary celebrations of Georg Meier's Senior TT victory.
Kiwi Bruce Anstey extended the lap record to an incredible 132.298 during the opening Superbike race. The meeting was also notable for the TT debut of one Peter Hickman, who became the event’s fastest ever newcomer with a lap of 129.104, a prelude to his later success, while John McGuinness won his first electric bike title in a new lap record.
2015 saw McGuinness add to his titles with victory in the TT Zero and a new lap record on the Japanese Mugen Shinden bike, but he really saved his best for the last race of the meeting with people seemingly having written him off, the Morecambe Missile dominated the Senior TT, clinching his 23rd race win and posting a new lap record of 132.701mph in the process.
Aside from his win the meeting was dominated by the comeback king Ian Hutchinson who took the Superstock and two Supersport race wins, his first victories since his five in a week and subsequent Silverstone accident in 2010. Kiwi Bruce Anstey also recorded his first Superbike victory on the Mountain course with the opening race while Ivan Lintin claimed his debut win in the Lightweight TT.
The 2016 meeting was all about two riders – Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson. Dunlop won the Superstock and became the first rider to lap under 17 minutes with a lap of 133.962 on his way to winning the Senior TT while Hutchinson stood on the top step in the Superbike and both Supersport Races.
It was the same story in the 2017 TT with Hutchinson winning the opening Superbike Race and Dunlop winning the Senior. This time Hutchinson won the Superstock Race and Dunlop the only Supersport race – the second race cancelled due to bad weather