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Skerries – Michael Dunlop Wins Enthralling Open Race

TT Races lap record holder Michael Dunlop won an enthralling open race at Skerries.

Having battled his way through to second place, with two laps of the seven lap race remaining, he gradually reeled in long term race leader Derek Sheils, to eventually emerge victorious by just half a second on his own teams S1000RR BMW.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Derek Sheils second on the Cookstown BE Racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki, showcased again today why he is amongst pure road racing’s most in form riders.

YZF R1M Yamaha mounted William Dunlop finalised the top three finishers.

Alan Bonner on the Devitt RC Express Racing ZX10R Kawasaki, finished an excellent fourth, whilst Michael Sweeney propelled the Martin Jones Racing Kawasaki to highly creditable fifth place finish.

Concluding the top six finishers was Derek McGee, following another highly accomplished display from the reigning Irish road race super twins champion.

Added stand out performances included Seamus Elliott 7th, Thomas Maxwell 11th, Steven Procter 13th and Skerries newcomer Matthew Rees 15th.

Following his TT 2016 heroics, Michael Dunlop has shown today at Skerries, the same level of determination that took him to his momentous RST Superbike and Pokerstars Senior TT successes.

Will he seal grand final victory later on today? it’s fair to say he will start favourite, for the blue riband race of the 70th Skerries Road Races.

Skerries Open Race Results:

1 Michael Dunlop
2 Derek Sheils
3 William Dunlop
4 Alan Bonner
5 Michael Sweeney
6 Derek McGee
7 Seamus Elliott
8 John Walsh
9 Kevin Fitzpatrick
10 Davy Morgan
11 Thomas Maxwell
12 Paul Jordan
13 Steven Procter
14 Graham Kennedy
15 Matthew Rees
16 Stephen Tobin
17 Brian Coomey
18 Paul Cranston

Words by Stevie Rial

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