A throwback like his dad Robert, uncle Joey, the enigmatic Michael Dunlop has starred and some throughout the past 10 years at International roads events.
Three times a rostrum finisher at TT 2010, he’s since gone onto become the third most successful racer in TT history, claiming to date 19 victories including Senior class triumphs in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The first racer to lap the fabled, mythical Mountain Course at under the sub 17 minutes barrier, he continuously proves that the impossible is possible.
The current Supersport, Lightweight TT lap record holder, his impeccable 2010-2019 racing CV additionally includes four North West 200 victories, six Ulster Grand Prix wins, three Classic TT wins, three Southern 100 Solo Championship crowns, Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup success.
2013 Duke Road Race Rankings title, seven successive Race of Legends victories at Armoy and feature race wins at Cookstown, Tandragee, Frohburg, Skerries, Killalane, Walderstown and Munster 100.
Victorious on Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, BMW, Paton machinery, you only have to look at what’s he’s achieved to realise that he is already an all time road racing great.
It’s fair to say someone who divides opinion, he has in my opinion a will to win that is up there with anyone currently competing in two, four wheel motorsport events worldwide.
Hugely respected by his fellow modern day leading International Road Race exponents, excitement, drama, moments of sheer brilliance are never far away.
Throughout the 2010’s, it’s fair to say he has had the measure of the majority of his esteemed racing rivals.
In recent years though his position as the world’s leading International Road Racer has been disposed in particular by Bradford’s Dean Harrison, fellow countryman Glenn Irwin and fastest TT racer in history Peter Hickman.
Always up for a challenge, will he return to the top in 2020? As proven during the 2010-2019 period it’s incredibly foolish to write off the Ballymoney racer.
Words by Stevie Rial