Like the sidecars, the Isle of Man TT features two Supersport races during the TT fortnight, and the Supersport TT has riders taking their600cc class machinery for a shorter four-lap race.
A stepping stone from the Lightweight class, which is limited to sub-650cc twins, the Supersports serve as a gateway to the bigger bikes, and usually have a different mix of riders filling vying for the front.
With the foul weather from the practice week behind them, the TT riders were treated with a perfect day for racing on The Rock, and we have a full report on who made it into the winner’s circle after the jump.
Coming off his win during the Dainese Superbike TT, Michael Dunlop continued his strong form in Supersport 1. Taking the race lead on the first lap at Ballaugh from his brother Willam, Michael caught up to Bruce Anstey on the course by the second lap, and would go on to lead the Kiwi rider by over 10 seconds at the finish line.
The top three would remain constant from there on out, as Michael Dunlop maintained his lead, followed by Anstey and William. The battle for fourth however would bounce around from Cameron Donald, Guy Martin, and John McGuinness over the remaining three laps.
Both Donald and Martin struggled throughout the race though, slowly fading back as the minutes went on. However of the top riders, none were worse of than Gary Johnson, who was on the MV Agusta F3 675 being run by Jack Valentine and his Valmoto squad, and had to retire on the fourth lap, his second retirement of the fortnight…after only two races.
For brothers Dunlop, this is the first time that Michael and William have shared a podium with each other, which should make Michael’s already impressive run that much more memorable.
Source: IOMTT; Photo: © 2013 Tony Goldsmith / TGF Photos – All Rights Reserved