The all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000 supersport bike has reigned supreme by owning the roads of the Senior Tourist Tour (TT) of the Isle of Man TT in British Isles of Man recently.Ridden by now 14-time Isle of Man TT winner, Northern Irishman Michael Dunlop of Bennetts Suzuki; a motorcycle racing team supported by Suzuki’s British subsidiary Suzuki GB, has achieved a prestigious win at the said class.
Isle of Man Tourist Tour (TT) is a historic public road racing which started in 1907. There were nine racing classes by displacements and vehicle types for this year with the Senior TT as the most prestigious race; the category where Dunlop proven the power and performance of his GSX-R1000.
At the Senior TT race, the final day of schedule for this year’s event, Dunlop on board the all-new GSX-R1000, which has undergone a full-model change this year, took the lead on first lap and then pulled away gradually from the battle for second place to run alone at the front, finishing more than 13 seconds ahead of the second placed rider.
In another category of the race which is the Superbike TT, Dunlop was able to set the fastest lap time but had to retire due to technical issues.
“The bike never missed a beat. We had the problem in the Superbike race, and if it wasn’t for that, we could have had two wins with the big girl. But we’re here with a brand-new motorbike and the boys have worked hard to get us to this point, and in that race, she never missed a beat. Steve, all the team, put so much effort in and people won’t understand how far we’ve come. We’ve made the impossible possible. I could have gone faster, but it was important to get to the finish. This potential’s been coming. If I’d had this bike at the North West 200 I think that would have been a different story, too. But we’ve won the Senior TT, what more can we say?”
Steve Hicken – Team Manager:
“That’s why we came here. We couldn’t have any other aim than winning. As we’ve said all week, it’s taken a lot of hard work to get here as the only team in the paddock with a brand-new bike; and we’ve seen others struggle. It was a shame about Saturday, when we were looking like we could have taken the Superbike win as well, but we learnt from it and made the right changes for today and this is the race everyone wants. And when you consider how early the bike is in its development, it’s an even bigger achievement and it shows there’s more to come. But we have to also say a big congratulations and thank you to Michael, as without him and his input, feedback and speed around here, this wouldn’t have been possible.”
Since first winning the 50cc TT in 1962, Suzuki has achieved a number of victories at the Isle of Man TT. This year became the first win in nine years for GSX-R1000, when it won two races in 2008. Also, the win in Senior TT is the first time in 13 years for Suzuki since 2004, proving high performances of the all-new GSX-R1000.
|1st Place||Michael Dunlop (Suzuki)||01:09:24.711|
|2nd Place||Peter Hickman (BMW)||01:09:38.031|
|3rd Place||Dean Harrison (Kawasaki)||01:09:48:216|
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