Michael Dunlop plays down uncle Joey comparisons as he becomes Isle of Man TT 'GOAT'

Photo shows Michael Dunlop after winning his 27th Isle of Man TT
-Credit: (Image: Isle of Man TT)


History-maker Michael Dunlop was quick to play down any hype or fanfare after becoming the Isle of Man TT's most successful rider on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old claimed his record-breaking 27th TT win with a dominant display in the Metzeler Supertwin Race 1, finishing 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Peter Hickman, with Dominic Herbertson third.

It sees the Ballymoney rider stand alone at the top of the Isle of Man standings, one victory ahead of his legendary uncle Joey Dunlop whose previous record had stood for 24 years.

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Michael equalled that on Saturday with victory in the Supersports, and should have made it 27 on Sunday only for a visor issue to cruelly cost him victory in the Superbikes. But he wouldn't be denied on Wednesday as his Paton dominated the Supertwins.

All the talk leading into this week's TT was if Dunlop would become the event's most decorated rider.

But Dunlop believes he should never be compared to his legendary uncle, who died after crashing during a race in Estonia just one month after claiming his final TT win in 2000.

Photo showing Michael Dunlop in the Supertwins
Michael Dunlop in the Supertwins -Credit:Isle of Man TT

He said: "I have always said, I will never be modelled against Joey and I don't expect to be. And I don't want to be. Joey was a special talent.

"Someone will break my record eventually. Someone will get it. But I don't care. Everyone aspired to be a Joey Dunlop on the Isle of Man, and to have another win is the icing on the cake. It doesn't come much better.

"It is a personal thing for me now. I have broken many records in my lifetime but this is one I wanted."

Dunlop led from start to finish in yesterday's Supertwins. He opened up a 10-second lead by the end of the first lap, and extended that to 12 seconds at the end of the second.

Hickman took control of second place, while Herbertson claimed an emotional first podium.

Photo showing Michael Dunlop on the podium after his Supertwins win
Michael Dunlop on the podium after his Supertwins win -Credit:Isle of Man TT TV

Dunlop added: "It's tough because it should have been 28 wins today. There was sheer disappointment from Sunday, I wanted to make up for it today.

"We had an issue with the bike on the first night and the boys have worked really hard. It was the first lap of first practice, but the boys worked throughout the night. We had a few little issues during the race which we will fix for Friday.

"But to get the overall thing is what I was looking for. I can't say much else. It has taken some of the dampener off Sunday, but not all of it."

He added: "I felt good in the race. I just felt good with the bike. It took me some time to relax and go. It is very windy up there and I am not the smallest rider out there."

Runner-up Hickman paid tribute to Dunlop following the race.

He said: "Great to be in the race where Michael gets his 27th win. What an unbelievable achievement. Fantastic to be involved in that part of history, but we just didn't have enough today to challenge him for that victory."

Herbertson added: "To get to follow the fastest road racer, and be on the podium with Michael Dunlop who has become the most successful rider in TT history, is special for me. It is class."

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