TT REWIND: 2017 SENIOR TT
After two dominant years on the tried and tested BMW S1000RR in 2014 and 2016, Michael Dunlop made the surprise switch to Suzuki and the all-new GSXR-1000 for 2017. Although he led the opening Superbike TT Race, a retirement on the second lap meant the sceptics – who doubted he could win on such an unproven bike – appeared to have been proven right.
A sixth-place finish in the mid-week Superstock Race only put Dunlop further on the backfoot and during the early stages of the final Senior Race, he was still seemingly off the pace. Just over one second split Peter Hickman, Ian Hutchinson and Dean Harrison who were battling for the lead while Dunlop was 10 seconds down half way round the second lap.
However, in a dramatic twist, Hutchinson crashed soon after at the 27th Milestone which brought out the red flags and in the time before the re-start, Dunlop and the Hawk Racing team were able to make changes with the bike’s set-up and he never looked back.
Grabbing the lead of the four-lap race from the start, Dunlop went on to record the fastest lap of the week at an average speed of 132.903mph, beating Hickman by 13.3 seconds to claim his 15th TT win.