Michael Dunlop put on a dominating performance at the 2013 Isle of Man TT, and he wants to set a new record at the 2014 race.
This year, Dunlop is hoping to become the first rider to pull off a 130 mph average lap on a Supersport class bike. Last year, he came close; he managed a 128.666 mph lap aboard a Honda, beating the previous lap and race records. He’s aboard a BMW S1000 for this year’s Superbike races, but we’re not sure what he’s racing in Supersport.
“I need to take about 11 seconds off my best lap, which is a big ask,” Dunlop said. “But my bike is going to be stronger this year and when I set the lap record I made a few little mistakes and lost quite a lot of time. So I know it is possible, it’s just about putting that perfect lap together for 37 and ¾ miles.”
Of course, good intentions and preparation won’t be enough; not only is the Isle of Man a tough course, but a few other fellows with names like John McGuinness, Guy Martin and Bruce Anstey will also be at the races, with the same goal in mind.