Dunlop claims fifth successive TT Zero victory at Isle of Man TT
Dunlop secured more podiums and race victories on day three of the 2018 Isle of Man TT today, across its record-breaking KR106/108 slick and road-legal treaded range. Dunlop caps filled the SES TT Zero podium, the fifth consecutive win in the electric class, which saw slick KR106/108 tyre-shod race winner Michael Rutter smash the existing lap record on his way to a fifth TT Zero win.
Rutter led from the start on the Mugen Honda, setting a new lap record of 121.824mph, with his team-mate Lee Johnston finishing third, after suffering a mechanical issue while lying second. The Mugen pair were split by the University of Nottingham entry of Daley Mathison to complete a Dunlop podium lock-out.
The day’s opening race, the second Monster Supersport TT race, saw a return to the podium for Monday’s Superstock winner and lap record holder Peter Hickman, on his Smiths Racing Triumph using Dunlop’s hard compound treaded tyres. Running fourth on the opening lap, he reeled in the third place rider and moved ahead at the completion of lap one to sit six seconds behind Michael Dunlop.
Michael Dunlop had been destined to finish second after a solid run on his MD Racing Honda over the opening two laps. However he was awarded a 30 second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane which dropped him to fifth. Hickman continued to push on, reducing the deficit to 18 seconds at the flag to take a seventh podium finish from his last eight starts.
Conor Cummins missed out on a podium finish by just ten seconds, the Padgetts Motorcycles Honda rider setting a personal best on the very last lap, his time of 17:47.263 putting him into the 127mph bracket. Josh Brookes completed the top-six on his McAms Yamaha with Lee Johnston (Padgetts Motorcycles) seventh, and Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki rider Ivan Lintin tenth.
Dunlop riders had been on for another record-breaking performance in the final race of the day, the Bennetts Lightweight TT. Ivan Lintin, who set the pace during practice last week used his treaded tyres to good use, earning him a ten-second lead and a new 121.603 mph lap record on the opening lap.
Disaster struck for the double class winner on lap two though, when he retired with a mechanical issue at Bedstead. Peter Hickman took up Dunlop’s bid for victory, getting up to third place on lap three, but retired at Union Mills on the final lap.