Manx Grand Prix: Michael Dunlop starts MGP campaign

Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop is hoping to break lap records at this year's Manx Grand Prix Festival.

Dunlop is racing the 1981 Suzuki XR69, on which he won last year's Senior Post Classic class.

"We nearly got it round at 120mph last year, and hopefully we will beat the lap record this year," he said.

The Ballymoney man, who won this year's Superstock TT, is arriving in great form after winning hat-tricks at both the Ulster Grand Prix and Munster.

Michael Dunlop
Dunlop was a comfortable winner in the 2010 Post Classic Senior race

He continued: "It's all just fun for me to try and win races and have a bit of craic, and help some lads out while I am here."

Dunlop was the first rider away on Wednesday's third practice session, posting a lap of 100.710mph, after stopping at Ballacraine. He then switched to last year's winning bike and posted a 110.655 mph lap.

He says it is nice to be able to ride the Mountain Course without the pressure of the TT.

"At the TT we're riding full blown Superbikes, 600s and Superstocks and we're pushing lap records in the 130s.

"You've got to win TTs. The TT is the biggest road race in the world.

"You put a lot of pressure on yourself and you come to the Manx and you can relax bit more and enjoy it and let the riding come to you."

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