Isle of Man TT: Michael Dunlop on 'special' win as he equals legendary Uncle Joey's record

Photo shows Michael Dunlop celebrating his historic win on the podium
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Michael Dunlop surged to his 26th Isle of Man TT victory on Saturday as he equalled his legendary Uncle Joey's record. The Ballymoney rider proved a class apart once again as he claimed the opening Supersport race on the Mountain Course.

Dunlop finished 8.574 seconds ahead of Davey Todd, with Dean Harrison a further 22.381 seconds back in third. It proved a hugely popular win on the island as another Dunlop etched his name in the history books.

Michael, 35, made his TT debut in 2007 and won his first Tourist Trophy two years later. And now, 15 years on, he has written his name into the history books by equalling the record set by the late, great Joey Dunlop, his legendary uncle who has long been regarded as the 'King of the Roads'.

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It seems poignant that his nephew should be the man to join him at the top of the standings, as the Dunlop road racing dynasty heralds a new era.

At 35, the question is how many more TT wins Dunlop can win. And he has several more chances at this year's event.

He said after the race: "To equal Joey's record is special. It is something that has been playing on our mind all week. It has probably been on everyone's mind.

"It is fantastic. There is not much more I can do. No matter what happens in life now, everyone has wanted to get to Joey's record and I have got to it.

"For me, that is something special."

Dunlop has made the Supersport class his own at the TT, with Saturday's win his 12th success in the 600 class on the island. He was made to work during the early stages of the race by both Harrison and then Todd, but he edged away in the second half of the race to claim an impressive victory.

He added: "It is fantastic. I knew it was going to be tight.We made a lot of changes to the bike because we had issues during practice. It took me a couple of laps to bed in.

"I assumed it was Davey chasing me because he is riding very well this week. He might be a bit frustrated but he's got that pace, and to beat someone like Davey around here and the form he is in at the minute was tough going.

"I felt a bit sore in the middle of the race but I just bit down."

Dunlop's next chance at adding to his TT record comes on Sunday with the RST Superbike race over six laps.

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