Deputising for the injured Brandon Paasch, TT ace Michael Dunlop finished a very decent eleventh in today’s Quattro Group British Supersport Championship feature race at Silverstone despite a lack of dry track time.
Dunlop started the 25-lap race from the middle of the last row of the grid due to not setting a time in yesterday’s sprint race and got off the line well, picking up a couple of positions in the first two laps to bring the Dynavolt Triumph home just outside of the top ten in his debut outing with the team.
Michael Dunlop: “It’s good now we’ve got a race under our belt, we missed yesterday’s race but we learned a lot about the bike. It’s been a very good weekend of trying to understand what the Dynavolt Triumph is doing and the team have worked really well. It was good to have the opportunity it’s just a pity we couldn’t get a bit further up but that’s something I need a wee bit more time to do.”
Dynavolt Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster: “It was a difficult weekend for us with Kyle’s crash but we’ve spoken to him today, he’s doing physio and is in a good, positive frame of mind which is fantastic.”
“This has happened to us a lot this year; we go to places and have wet sessions, so not enough dry track time which obviously hurts us more developing a new bike. Then in the sprint race Michael quite rightly pulled in on lap one when the red light came on but that was just an indicator of loss and gain, so a bit of miscommunication there over that. So, with minimal dry track time I think Michael did a really good job, he worked so well with the team and he improved every time he got on the bike. We get really good feedback from him, he’s a very experienced rider with a really good feel for a motorcycle and that will be an asset to both Kyle and Brandon to help us keep making better steps with them looking to challenge for victories. We are used to fighting at the front, we didn’t do that this weekend but we really enjoyed working with Michael Dunlop again, so thanks to him and to the boys.”