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April 19th, 2018, 01:32 PM   #1
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I like Michael Dunlop

Michael is a little bit of a rascal for sure especially with his short fuse like having a go at his brother or putting Cameron Donald on his backside, but there is nobody better to watch in motorbike racing. The way he just batters a machine into submission is amazing.

He's fast on any machine, unless of course a so called factory team sponsored by a maker of tools turns up with an absolute pigs ear of a bike in the middle of April and expects him to work miracles on it while it's leaving plumes of smoke in it's wake like some secret weapon out of Wacky Races.

The majority of races he's won are on bikes he's put together with his own lads in a shed in Northern Ireland.

I like how he calls out bullshit, like Hutchy's excuses for being beaten by him despite having the might of BMW Motorrad behind him while he's smashing lap records on a bike built by a father and son team.

I like how he called out Hutchy's supersport team for having non-legal pistons after losing to him in 2016, then he mentioned it in his book challenging them to "bring any lawyer to my house"

A proper racing maverick, a throwback to the golden era of motorbike racing where celebrations were had with a load of beers and disputes were settled with a pair of fists and the riders swung their own spanners without a laptop or telemetry read out in site.

In his spare time he even blasts a MK2 Escort around rally events and even put a sidecar in the top 5 of a British championship race.

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April 26th, 2018, 01:42 AM   #2
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A proper racing maverick, a throwback to the golden era of motorbike racing where celebrations were had with a load of beers and disputes were settled with a pair of fists and the riders swung their own spanners without a laptop or telemetry read out in site.

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Yep he's old school alright and you're 100% correct about watching him muscle a bike around.
I reckon he will do a 134 average this year.
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April 26th, 2018, 10:25 AM   #3
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I reckon he will do a 134 average this year.
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If we get a good week of weather on the build up so they can get plenty of practice in then Michael can do it.
I got to speak to Stuart Hicken who runs Hawk racing at the BSB in Oulton Park a bit back and he reckons that when Michael was taken out by a back marker, (I think it was 2016) he was running very very close to a 134.
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I think it was a 133 he was close to, I remember looking at the sector times and I think if he'd gone from Cronk-ny-mona at the sector record pace he'd have done a 132.9 which is astounding when you consider he only turned two laps on that bike prior to the race as that was the year of the Yamaha defection, if I remember rightly that bike was Kiyonari's BSB bike as well rather than a purpose built TT machine.
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Ah, no worries, that does make sense. It was at a BSB round in 16 that I had the conversation, so it is completely likely that I got my figures wrong.
I still think a 134 is possible with the current record, weather permitting that is.
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Ah, no worries, that does make sense. It was at a BSB round in 16 that I had the conversation, so it is completely likely that I got my figures wrong.
I still think a 134 is possible with the current record, weather permitting that is.
Well he did 133.96 in 2016 so he's a tiddy bit away from 134, in fact that lap record was done slowing down for the pits.
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It'd be nice to see the record broken, after all isn't that why they go!

The only thing that bothers me is the weather, over recent years May has been a bad month with temperatures and rainfall causing a misery.
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