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Michael Dunlop Secures Historic Win in Carole Nash Supertwin TT Race at Isle of Man
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Michael Dunlop Secures Historic Win in Carole Nash Supertwin TT Race at Isle of Man
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Michael Dunlop has made history at the Isle of Man TT Races by clinching victory in the Carole Nash Supertwin Race, becoming the second most successful rider in the event's history. Dunlop's start-to-finish win marks his 24th TT triumph, placing him just two wins behind his late uncle Joey, who holds the record with 26 victories.

Michael Dunlop (6) leaving the starting line at the Isle of Man TT earlier this week. Photo courtesy Isle of Man TT Press Office.

Riding the SC Project Paton, Dunlop dominated the race from the beginning, crossing the finish line with a lead of over twenty seconds ahead of Mike Browne on the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Paton. Jamie Coward of KTS Racing powered by Steadplan Kawasaki battled with Browne throughout the race, ultimately securing third place.

Dunlop took control of the race at Glen Helen on the opening lap, establishing a 4.5-second lead over Coward, with Browne closely trailing behind by 1.2 seconds. Peter Hickman on the PHR Performance Yamaha secured fourth place, just 0.6 seconds ahead of Josh Brookes on the Dafabet Racing Kawasaki. Stefano Bonetti of Team ILR/Frog Developments Paton held sixth place. Francesco Curinga, Pierre-Yves Bian, Michael Rutter, and Dominic Herbertson completed the early top ten.

Dunlop's lead grew to nine seconds at Ballaugh, and by the end of the first lap, he had extended it to 12.9 seconds. Coward maintained second place, 1.5 seconds ahead of Browne. Hickman, defying his practice struggles, remained in contention for a podium spot, trailing Browne by 4.2 seconds. Brookes and Rutter completed the top six, although Rutter experienced a setback when his Yamaha refused to start after the mandatory pit stop.

As the race progressed into the second lap, Dunlop caught up with Coward on the road, and his lead at Glen Helen increased to 19.4 seconds. Dunlop overtook Coward on the run from the 11th Milestone to Handley's, with Coward closely following in his wake. Browne closed in on Coward, narrowing the gap to half a second.

Hickman faced pressure from Brookes but managed to keep him at bay. Bian held onto sixth place, and Herbertson, Jordan, McCormack, and Barry Furber secured positions seven to ten. Curinga retired from the race on the first climb up the Mountain, joining Bonetti as another casualty.

Beginning the final lap, Dunlop maintained a 21.9-second lead, while Browne edged 2.1 seconds ahead of Coward. Dunlop extended his lead by four seconds at Glen Helen for the last time, but Coward responded, reducing his deficit to Browne to 1.2 seconds.

Behind the leading trio, Hickman, Brookes, and Bian held steady in fourth to sixth place. Herbertson remained in seventh, while Furber made progress to claim his best TT result in eighth. Rutter fought his way back to ninth place.

As the race reached its conclusion, Coward managed to regain second place from Browne by a mere 0.011 seconds, setting up a thrilling battle for the podium. With Dunlop securing victory with a comfortable lead of 26.7 seconds, Browne held on to take his first TT podium, narrowly edging out Coward by 2.2 seconds in an intense duel.

Hickman, Brookes, and Bian maintained their positions in fourth to sixth place, with Brookes equalling his best TT result. Herbertson secured seventh place, followed by Rutter in eighth, Furber with a career-best ninth, and Rob Hodson.

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