No, Michael Dunlop did not get a record-setting 5 wins this year, but he did set a record by becoming the first Isle of Man TT rider to take 4 wins in each of two consecutive years. His career total stands at 11 victories at the event.
His final win this year was his third aboard the BMW S 1000 RR, taking the prestigious Senior TT exactly 75 years after BMW last won this race in 1939. BMW made a big bet on Dunlop signing him to campaign their superbike at the Isle this year and they got the maximum payout for doing so. Dunlop’s 4th victory of the week was a supersport victory earlier in the week aboard his privateer Honda CBR600RR.
Here is the press release from BMW Motorrad received by MD this morning:
BMW Motorrad and Michael Dunlop’s third Isle of Man victory of 2014 in Senior TT race repeats history 75 years on.
BMW Motorrad and Michael Dunlop have repeated history, echoing Georg Meier’s legendary Senior TT victory of 1939 today on the Isle of Man. Dunlop’s third BMW-powered victory of the week came in the most prestigious race of all: the blue riband Senior TT race.
Dunlop’s performance today followed the same game plan as his Superbike and Superstock wins earlier in the TT fortnight, as he fought for a lead early on, however the first few laps were incredibly close with the top five riders being within a couple of seconds of one another.
Michael led on corrected time, but not on the roads, by the time he pulled in for his first pit stop. In second place was his brother William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki, just 7.7 seconds behind. However a rapid and smooth pit stop from the team’s crew got Michael and the BMW S 1000 RR back out and on the road, allowing him to push on.