Just fifteen days after breaking his pelvis among other injuries during a crash the Southern 100 in the Isle of Man on the 11th July, Michael Dunlop returned to racing on Saturday.
He signed himself out of Nobles Hospital in the Isle of Man the day after his crash on crutches to go home to rest and recuperate so he could compete on his home circuit of Armoy last weekend.
In typical Dunlop fashion, not only did he compete but he also won the two Superbike races even though he had to be helped onto his bike with the aid of steps! Dunlop beat Derek Sheils and Michael Sweeney, winning by a massive 4.4 seconds in the Open Superbike race. It was the eighteenth victory for the Ballymoney rider on his home circuit.
Dunlop then made it his eighth successive ‘Race of Legends’ win, finishing ahead of Derek Sheils and Michael Sweeney again.
The 30-year-old spoke to media after his double win and his injury laden season saying “”Dean Harrison, Peter Hickman and Lee Johnston are racing in BSB on a regular basis while I have only ridden at the North West 200 where we got limited race time, the TT which was again blighted by the weather and the Southern 100 after almost a year’s absence (following the death of his brother William at the Skerries 100).
“I was carrying an injury from a pre-season test and aggravated that in a crash during the Donegal International Rally.
“In actual fact, that will require me to have surgery after the season is over.
“This latest setback is a real annoyance and part of racing, but we’ll give it our best shot and see where it takes us. If I didn’t feel like racing, I wouldn’t, simple as.”
Michael Dunlop is a shining example of tenacity in his sport, his dogged determination and strength never ceases to amaze his fans and the racing industry alike.
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