Name: Michael Dunlop

Date of Birth: April 10th 1989

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Races competed: Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix, North West 200 & Southern 100

Twitter: @M_Dunlop3

Website: www.michaeldunlopracing.com

Autobiography: Road Racer: It’s in My Blood

Getting into biking:

There is no real question as to how Michael got into motorcycle racing, with his father Robert, brother William and uncle Joey all being professional racers. As the name of Michael’s autobiography suggests, biking is very much in the bloodline of the Dunlop family.

Robert Dunlop had 5 TT wins to his name, while Joey, a former world champion, won at the TT 26 times. Sadly both Robert and Joey passed away while doing what they loved, racing motorcycles.

Michael first took to the Isle of Man in 2006, racing in the Manx GP where he won the MGP06 Suites Hotel Knowsley Newcomers C race. His first time at the TT came a year later in 2007, in which he recorded DNF’s in both the Senior TT and Supersport TT but achieved 25th in the Superbike TT to win his first bronze replica.

Despite losing his father in a practice crash at the North West 200 in 2008, the meeting would be, arguably, the defining moment in Michael’s career as, just 48 hours later, he took to the grid and amazingly won the 250cc race ahead of Christian Elkin and John McGuinness.

He made a last minute decision to compete at that year’s TT and took three top ten finishes, no mean achievement for the then 19 year old and it gave a glimpse of what lay ahead. The following year saw that potential realised as he took his first TT win with victory in the second Supersport race. He completed the week with second overall in the re-introduced Lightweight 250cc TT.

Career Highlights:

Described by many as the greatest road racer on the planet and winning the Senior TT three times is an amazing achievement, not to mention the 12 other TT wins Michael has to his name.

He currently sits joint fourth with Terry Shepherd, Bill Smith and Jason Griffiths and Guy Martin in the Southern 100 Solo Championship all-time standings with three race wins. Only Uncle Joey Dunlop (6 wins), Ian Lougher (5 wins) and Guy Martin (4 wins) currently rank higher than Michael.

It is not only the TT or Southern 100 Michael has dominated, the same can be said for the North West 200. He has five wins in this race, making him joint 12th in the all-time rankings with seven other riders. The Dunlop name is ever present in these rankings, with dad Robert the second most successful rider at the event with 15 wins and Joey fourth overall with 13 wins.

Some would say however, the courage and bravery Michael showed to race in the TT in 2008, the same year his father lost his life at the North West 200 can be seen as his greatest achievement and show of strength.

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • Current holder of the outright lap record at the Isle of Man TT (133.962mph) and the first, and only, rider to lap the Mountain Course in under 17 minutes
  • Also holds the Supersport lap record at the TT, set in 2013
  • Only rider to win four TT races in a week on two occasions (2013 and 2014)
  • Finished on the podium in every race he started in 2013 and 2014 (10 races)
  • Has recorded more 130mph+ laps (39) at the TT than any other rider
  • 2nd youngest rider ever to have won a TT (after Stanley Woods)
  • Winner of the 2013 and 2014 Joey Dunlop Championship
  • Has won TT races riding for Yamaha, Honda, BMW, Kawasaki and Suzuki
  • Multiple winner at the Classic TT
  • Six wins at the Ulster Grand Prix, 19 podiums
  • Five wins at the North West 200, 13 podiums
  • Three Southern 100 Solo Championships
  • Multiple Irish Road Race Champion

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