Winning four of the five major solo races, Michael Dunlop easily took the Joey Dunlop TT Championship this year, and further solidified his supremacy at the Isle of Man TT. Last year’s winner as well, many regard Michael Dunlop as having taken over John McGuinness’ place as King of the Mountain.
McPint lovers might take issue with that statement, seeing how McGuinness came to the 2014 IOMTT with a wrist injury, and thus was not at the top of his game. Whoever you pick though, there can be no denying that Michael Dunlop is on a tear, especially when paired with the BMW S1000RR.
A project headed by BMW Motorrad UK, and supported by BMW in Germany, Michael Dunlop had a WSBK-spec engine at his disposal for the TT (sans some changes in the gearbox for gear ratios). With 220hp on tap, and a solid team behind him, the nephew of Joey had no excuses for the 2014 Isle of Man TT, and none needed to be made.
With 11 TT race wins to his name now, and only 25-years-old, Michael Dunlop is on a terrific pace to be the TT’s outright winningest rider in the future. Whether he will take that mantle from his uncle or John McGuinness remains to be seen though.
Source: IOMTT; Photo: © 2014 Tony Goldsmith / TGF Photos – All Rights Reserved