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William Dunlop Enjoys Excellent 2014 Road Racing Season

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William Dunlop has enjoyed an excellent 2014 road racing season. Having signed for Tyco Suzuki by TAS William had a productive series of tests with the team before he began his road racing season at the Cookstown 100.

Third place finish was secured in supersport invitational race before making it back to back third place finishes in open race following a consistent performance on Tyco Suzuki by TAS superbike. Feature supersport race would see William achieve fourth place finish, next race on the horizon was the grand final.

Following a scintillating performance from him second position was recorded to round off his Tyco Suzuki by TAS road racing debut in top style. Next road race coming up for William was the Tandragee 100. Following top five finish in open race where he was leading supersport 600 mounted rider he went into supersport race confident that the potential was there for race victory.

The race proved to be a momentous one of the popular rider as he achieved his first race win for Tyco Suzuki by TAS after winning a thrilling supersport race following an excellent battle with Keith Amor.

This win gave William added confidence going into the Vauxhall international North West 200. Supersport race 1 saw him secure fourth place finish in what was a frantic supersport race which had seen William in the battle for race victory throughout.

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Feature superbike race was next up and arguably here William produced his best ever performance at an international road race. A well deserved victory was recorded after a duel in closing laps with brother Michael Dunlop. William was delighted with his first international road race superbike victory a goal he has been aiming to achieve for the last few years.

Following this result all eyes where on William going into TT 2014 to see if he could keep up his great form. Superbike TT race saw the Tyco Suzuki by TAS rider clinch highly creditable top six finish following a meticulous and solid performance.

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Fifth place finish in supersport TT race 1 followed before reliability issues struck in superstock race. Second supersport TT race provided William with his third TT podium finish of his career so far after a highly accomplished performance.

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The senior TT beckoned and following a superb start to Glen Helen on lap 1 William Lead and was battling for race lead on third lap of the race before crashing out of contention still the hugely talented rider proved he has the potential to in the future win the blue riband race at the Isle of Man TT.

Having determinedly fought his way back from a leg injury following crash in senior TT he was back in action at Skerries road races. No one could have predicted how well William’s road racing comeback could have went after brilliant supersport race victory despite still not been 100 percent fit for action.

Walderstown road races where next on the horizon and the results got even better with double race win following great performances in open and supersport races. Second place finish was acquired in the grand final to conclude what had been so far his best road race meeting with Tyco Suzuki by TAS.

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The growing in popularity Armoy road races proved to be another productive meeting for William which included invitational supersport race victory plus second and third place finishes in feature supersport and open races. 4th place finish was acquired in race of legends, next road race coming up for William following Armoy was the worlds fastest road race the Ulster Grand Prix.

Sixth place finish in Dundrod 150 superbike race started William’s 2014 action around Dundrod in consistent fashion. Unfortunately on Ulster Grand Prix race day the weather became inconsistent still in opening supersport race William lead throughout and going onto final lap was locked in battle for victory with Bruce Anstey.

But then as race victory was on the cards issues struck the Tyco Suzuki by TAS supersport bike forcing William to retire from the race. Bad weather curtailed the second superbike race which meant William didn’t gain a chance of securing his second international road race superbike victory.

Overall though in 2014 William Dunlop proved to many that he can win on a superbike at an international road race plus that surely a first TT win must be on the cards in 2015 following impressive performances around the mountain course this year.

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