‘I’m no better than Joey’ – Dunlop breaks Isle of Man TT win record

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Northern Irishman Michael Dunlop made Isle of Man TT history by claiming his 27th victory around the historic mountain circuit, surpassing his uncle Joey's twenty-year record as the 122-year-old's most successful rider in the race.

The new record came with victory over Peter Hickman and Dom Herbertson in the postponed first Supertwin TT race of the week.

Dunlop, who equaled the record set by his uncle in 2000 in the opening Supersport TT race on Saturday, was denied what looked like a clear-cut victory in Sunday's Superbike race when his sun visor came off after a pit stop, eliminating a 25-second lead.

However, there was no repeat on Wednesday when the first lightweight race finally got underway after Tuesday night's rain delayed it by 24 hours, with the Button rider building a huge lead in the early stages of the three-lap race and then simply controlling the gap to Hickman. To secure the historic victory.

Most Isle of Man TT wins

Michael Dunlop – 27
Joey Dunlop – 26
John McGuinness – 23
Dave Molyneux – 17
Ian Hutchinson – 16
Mike Hailwood – 14
Ben Birchall – 14
Tom Birchall – 14
Peter Hickman – 14

“The little girl was struggling a little bit,” Dunlop said afterward of Patton's machine. “We had a problem during the week, but the team sorted it out. I knew it was going to be fast, so I said to myself ‘I better keep going’ and the bike was good.

Michael Dunlop, Isle of Man TT

“The boys have worked like dogs all week after a problem in the first training, I don't know if we have reached an agreement but I hope we will.” [as the bike doesn’t belong to Dunlop’s team but to Paton] They're mine to keep now!

“We should have had this on Sunday. I think we well deserved it. It was out of our control, but it doesn't matter now.”

“I'm not better than Joey, I never was, and I have no intention of being better than him, but everyone always aspires to beat him. It's a huge honor.”

Michael Dunlop, Isle of Man TT

Behind the top two, there was a close battle for the final podium place between Herbertson and Jimmy Coward, with the two spending most of their race trailing Hickman and Dunlop respectively.

Herbertson eventually maintained a five-second gap to take his first podium finish.


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