Despite nursing injuries from a practice crash and a lack of practice, William Dunlop piloted his MSS Colchester Kawasaki to eighth position in a highly competitive Superstock race at the world renowned Isle of Man TT.
The experienced Northern Irish rider shrugged off a crash from the very first evening of practice at the often unforgiving Tourist Trophy course, which features 37 ¾ miles of fast wall lined roads alongside stop-go hairpins and hump-backed bridges.
Despite riding in some discomfort, William finished the four lap Superstock race in a total race time of 01:12:05.049, averaging 125.62mph. His fastest lap was a 128.68mph average, which was impressive given the circumstances and the lack of track time at the previous big event, the North West 200, which saw the team unable to take their place on the grid for the Superstock race due to a rules technicality.
The race features a pit stop for re-fuelling and fitting a new tyre (at the rear) so is a test of rider skill, machine performance and durability, plus the abilities of a team under pressure. The MSS squad, more used to short circuit ‘BSB’ racing enjoyed and excelled in these conditions, feeling ‘ready for more’.
William will continue to run in the other classes of the TT races, including the innovative and intriguing ‘TT Zero’ electric motorcycle event, where he will be riding a unique Victory machine.
William Dunlop commented “It was a slow start for me through the week to be honest and the crash didn’t help. But the guys worked hard and come the race we actually had a pretty good result and a fast lap time. As ever the bike was put together well and she never missed a beat.”
MSS Performance Owner Nick Morgan added, “With all things considered especially with William’s injuries we are very happy with today's result, especially after his tip off on the first night. So all credit to him for digging deep on the 2016 MSS Colchester Kawasaki ZX10R and getting a very creditable 8th place with such a good total speed and a fastest lap of 128.68. Huge thanks to Ken Summerton from K-Tech suspension, Caffrey International and all of our sponsors who make this happen.”