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Michael Dunlop The First Ten TT Years – TT 2007

Back in 2007 no one could have known, just how successful Michael Dunlop would become at the Isle of Man TT.

TT 2007 marked his first two weeks competition at the most famous road race in the world.

Following on from his dominant newcomers c Manx Grand Prix victory in 2006, he continued his progress around the Mountain Course.

Impressing many in the superbike, superstock and senior races, he showcased himself, as a future star at the TT Races.

The 2007 senior TT saw John McGuinness break the 130 mph barrier, on his way to his 13th TT victory, Guy Martin lapped close to the 130 mph mark in finishing second, as Ian Hutchinson completed an all Honda mounted podium.

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R1 Yamaha mounted D&G Racing backed Michael Dunlop was a non finisher in the six lap race, eight years later he would briefly be back on Yamaha machinery for the marque superbike and senior races.

Despite this twenty fifth place finish in the superbike race, finishing in front of multiple highly experienced TT competitors, showed that despite been only 17 years of age, he had an extremely bright future ahead of him on the Isle of Man.

Next instalment of Michael Dunlop the first ten TT years, focuses around TT 2008, where he would move up a level around the Mountain Course.

Words by Stevie Rial

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