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TT 2017: Frustrating Start To Race Week For Bennetts Suzuki

Bennetts Suzuki endured a frustrating start to race week at TT 2017, as Michael Dunlop retired from the lead of the RST Superbike race, on lap 2, incurring a technical issue at Handley’s Corner.

Prior to his misfortune, the 13 times TT winner was looking good for a 4th Superbike TT title, lapping from a standing start at 131.135 mph, which proved the fastest lap of a quite dramatic six lap race.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Speaking philosophically about an ultimately disappointing race, Bennetts Suzuki, Team Manager, Steve Hicken stated:

“What can we say? We were looking good and Michael was comfortable and pulling away, and it says a lot that we set the fastest lap of the race on the opening lap.

There was plenty more to come and we could have done a couple of 132’s, comfortably. Until that point, the bike was working well but sometimes these things like this happen.

It’s frustrating, but that’s racing the TT. We’ll strip the bike this evening to determine exactly what the issue was and work to resolve it ahead of Friday’s Senior TT.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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