Michael Dunlop finished fourth in today's first Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix. Unfortunately due to worsening weather conditions, the second race has been cancelled and will not be run.
Bruce Anstey took the Superbike race win, ahead of Guy Martin and Lee Johnston, with Michael Dunlop crossing the line fourth, just two seconds off a podium finish.
While his weekend started off showing promise, including setting the pole position lap for the Superstock race, Dunlop's efforts to win at the famous Dundrod circuit were hampered by a lack of setup time and ever-changing conditions out on the track with wind and rain blowing in from the Irish Sea.
With the weather rapidly changing around the circuit, leaving both wet and dry patches, Michael and the BMW Motorrad / Hawk Racing team were unable to get the perfect bike setup for the TT-winning BMW S 1000 RR to give Michael the 100% confidence required to push for wins around the challenging Ulster roads circuit.
Despite this, Michael managed to finish fourth in a thrilling Superbike race earlier today, coming back from a slow start and closing on the leaders right to the chequered flag. Michael made a slow start but, by lap three, he began to reel in the front riders, bringing the gap down from over three seconds to 1.3. However, Johnston held his pace on the final lap and secured his podium finish.
During the earlier Superstock race, Michael suffered from tyre issues during lap two onboard his MD Racing BMW S 1000 RR, dropping back and finishing 14th. As the team were preparing for the final Superbike race of the Ulster Grand Prix, Clark of the Course Noel Johnston called an end to proceedings after two incidents in earlier races led to delays and the weather took a final turn for the worse.
Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race one results:
1) Bruce Anstey (Padgetts Honda)
2) Guy Martin (Tyco Suzuki)
3) Lee Johnston (Pirtek Honda)
4) Michael Dunlop (BMW Motorrad / Hawk Racing)
5) Peter Hickman (Ice Valley BMW)
Lee Nicholls, Marketing & PR Manager for BMW Motorrad UK
"Throughout this week, the team had a very difficult task in finding a setup for Michael that gave him the confidence to push for podiums and race wins. By the time they did, the weather would change and, of course, the setup wouldn't be suitable for the new conditions. It was a non-stop battle. Considering all these challenges, Michael did a fantastic job, he rode as hard as he could and was fighting for a podium finish."