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Michael Dunlop The First Ten TT Years – TT 2008

TT 2008 saw Michael Dunlop move up a level at the Isle of Man TT.

Following James McBride’s incident during practice week, Phase One Yamaha asked Michael whether he would like to compete on the teams R1 Yamaha’s.

He agreed to, and following a productive practice week, he finished a more than creditable fourteenth in what was a quite dramatic superbike race, that provided Cameron Donald with his first TT victory.

Opening supersport race, would see Michael finish tenth, as he showed top class form on Marlow Construction backed R6 Yamaha.

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Photo by Dave Kneen

The second supersport race, would prove arguably the main highlight of TT 2008, as he finished an excellent eighth, finishing in front of two time senior TT winner Adrian Archibald, Dan Stewart, Chris Palmer, Davy Morgan and Carl Rennie.

Race week concluded in fine style, with another impressive performance, this time in the blue riband senior TT.

He propelled Phase One Yamaha’s superbike, to tenth place finish, it was clear that TT 2008 showcased the emergence of Michael as a possible podium threat in particular in the supersport class for the following years TT, providing he was on suitable machinery.

With three years of Mountain Course experience behind him, the question now was how long would it be, before the illustrious Dunlop name was back on the step of the podium at the TT Races.

The next instalment of Michael Dunlop the first ten TT years, is centred around TT 2009.

Which would see him show everyone that he was not just a rising star on the most famous road racing circuit in the world, he was developing into been one of the best.

Words by Stevie Rial

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