Release Date: Tuesday 6 June 2017

Michael Dunlop dominates Isle of Man TT Supersport race

Michael Dunlop put in a dominant performance to win the Supersport race at the 2017 Isle of Man TT by 13.2 seconds, after bad weather caused the schedule to change.

Although there were still a couple of damp patches on the course, Dunlop was able to power round the 37.73 mile Mountain Course and move into the leading position during the first lap, which he maintained until the chequered flag.

This gave Dunlop his 14th Isle of Man TT victory, which draws him level with Mike Hailwood for all-time TT wins.

Meanwhile, after qualifying on the fourth row of the grid, Johann Zarco finished his first ever Italian GP in MotoGP in seventh place. He maintained a good rhythm to stay ahead of 2015 MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo who finished in eighth. The Frenchman is in sixth place in the MotoGP World Standing with 64 points, just four points behind Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.

Johann Zarco said: "I'm happy with my race. I knew that by starting eleventh, it would not be easy, especially here where the Ducati are very fast and where you quickly lose time when you fight with the drivers who go back to you every time in the straight. Compared to the previous races, I had chosen the hard rear tire and so I was not so sharp in the first laps. When I found myself behind Iannone, I took a moment to impose myself because I did not accelerate better than him, and he was very strong on the brakes. That's what made me lose contact with Marquez and Bautista. I could not catch up with them because I was a little tired. I was pretty good on the bike, and this circuit is really very physical. I still managed to increase the pace in the last five laps to get Lorenzo away. The record of this weekend is all the more satisfying as I take valuable points for the championship, and that I have also learned a lot."

In the Moto 3 Championship, Jules Danilo suffered a 'DNF' on his Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda after completing 11 laps. He's currently in 14th place in the Championship standings.

The third round of the CEV PreMoto3 race saw a positive trip for Furygan-supported riders Barry Baltus and Lorenzo Fellon. Baltus took a well-deserved second place, his third podium finish in the space of four races, while Fellon continued to improve on his performance and finished fifth.

Baltus now sits second in the championship, just ten points shy of the series leader, with Fellon currently just outside the top-ten in 11th.

The 12 Hours of Magny-Cours, run over two six-hour races, saw Furygan-backed Yamaha Viltaïs team-mates Axel Maurin and Bastien Mackels in action over the weekend.

Two successful races saw the pair, after a strong and dominant performance; take to the top step of the French podium.

Meanwhile, over in America, Valentin Debise put his AMA Supersport season back in order with a strong and consistent ride to secure his fourth top-three of the year and halted an uncharacteristic run of misfortune.

The Frenchman got away with the Supersport leaders off the line and pulled free of any potential pursuers chasing from behind. He settled in from there to register a convincing, albeit lonely, ride to third.

The next round of the MotoGP will be at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya on 9-11 June.

Furygan-backed riders are currently racing at the Isle of Man TT - which continues until Friday 9 June.

The British Superbikes will be racing at Knockhill, Scotland and the World Superbikes will be racing at Misano, Italy on 16-18 June. 

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