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, taking three wins for BMW in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races, a fitting tribute to the 75th anniversary celebrations of Georg Meier's Senior TT victory for the Bavarian manufacturer.
Kiwi Bruce Anstey extended the lap record to an incredible 132.298mph 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 129.104mph, a prelude to his later success, while John McGuinness won his first electric bike title with a new lap record of 117.366mph.
2015 saw McGuinness add to his titles with another victory in the TT Zero race and another 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 the wins for McGuinness, 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. Anstey also recorded his first Superbike victory on the Mountain Course in the opening race of the week 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 Superbike race and became the first rider to lap in under 17 minutes with a lap of 133.369mph on the first lap of the Superbike race whilst he increased the lap record to 133.962mph on his way to winning the Senior TT. Hutchinson took another hat-trick as he once more stood on the top step in the Superstock and both Supersport Races.
It was a similar story in the 2017 TT with Hutchinson winning the opening Superbike race and Dunlop winning the Senior. This time Hutchinson also won the Superstock race and Dunlop the only Supersport race – the second race cancelled due to bad weather.