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Ulster Grand Prix the men most likely

By Richard BBC Sport NI

The BBC Sport website the leading contenders for the top honours at year’s Ulster Grand at Dundrod.

Michael Dunlop TT Legends/MD Racing)

Age — 24; Grand Prix wins 5

The Ballymoney rider starts as for every race he will in thanks to his fabulous four-timer at the of Man TT in June and his fine form at in recent years. Will be to prove he can completely dominate his in mass start racing in the way he does in time trial Has use of the Legends team Superbike took him to victory in the Superbike TT.

Guy (Tyco TAS Suzuki)

Age — 31; Grand Prix wins 8

The Lincolnshire man always feels at home at Dundrod and has enjoyed all his road race wins to at this meeting. Should go well in the Superbike and Superstock as he aims to make amends for TT without a podium finish. The Tyco TAS Suzuki runner at the Grand Prix this Martin will be buoyed by his Championship win at the Southern 100 in July.

Bruce Anstey (Padgett’s

Age — 44; Ulster Grand wins — 8

The laid-back New was in fine form at both the TT and the West 200 on his fleet of Hondas and want to end his season on a high by an international road race Equally at home on Supersport, and Superbike machinery. Holds the lap for Dundrod at a speed of 133.977mph, set in and the most successful overseas ever.

Conor Cummins Yamaha)

Age — 27; Ulster Prix wins — 1

The is a former lap record holder the 7.4-mile course and is another who relishes the challenges posed by Still finding his feet on the machinery but a fifth-place finish in the TT race shows he still has it takes to mix it with the big boys at the after overcoming the horrendous he sustained at the Senior TT in 2010. hope to make up for a largely season.

William Dunlop (Milwaukee

Age — 28; Ulster Grand wins — 6

A real specialist who always looks to meeting as an opportunity to secure an success. His best chance come in the Supersport races, but the of the Dunlop brothers also promising form on his Superbike at the TT in setting the fastest lap ever by a on a Yamaha on the Mountain Course. Has on the podium in every Supersport at Dundrod over the last two

Sits out the Superstock class, in he has struggled in recent years.

Johnson (Lincs Lifting/RAF MV Agusta Racing)

Age — 33; Grand Prix wins 0; Best finish — 2nd

The TT Supersport winner proved he has the speed to match anyone on his day at the of Man TT this year. Running his own in 2013, he has a variety of competitive at his disposal, a Honda in the Superbike a Superstock Kawasaki and the new MV Agusta the guidance of vastly experienced boss Jack Valentine in the Should be a contender for podium having twice previously second in races in 2009 and

Dean Harrison (RC Express/MSS Racing)

Age — 24; Ulster Prix wins — 0; finish — 7th

The young rider has taken the road scene by storm in recent and further proved his pedigree as a big of the future with a series of results at the TT in June. Seems with the set-up of all his bikes and to learn circuits quickly, so be a regular challenger for top three Fastest ever newcomer at last year, lapping at 130mph on his Superbike and more 129mph on his way to seventh place in the class in 2012.

Cameron Donald (Wilson Honda)

The Melbourne ace has scaled his racing commitments in 2013, but from Australia to compete in the Grand Prix. Has yet to occupy the top on the podium at Dundrod, but is sure to be a in every class in which he on his ultra-competitive machinery. Missed year’s race because of Endurance commitments with the TT Legends team, so will be to make up for lost time.

The TT winner had a disappointing year on the of Man by his own standards, although he did begin the well with a second in the Superbike TT.

Lee Johnston (East Racing Honda)

Age — 24; Grand Prix wins 0; Best finish — 3rd

The British Junior Superstock has proved his ability to translate his circuit form and talents the roads in recent seasons. everyone sit up and take notice he took rostrum finishes at the West 200 and Ulster Grand last year and grabbed third place in the Supersport at this year’s North in May. Has recently been for the Padgett’s team in British

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Jamie Hamilton (KMR

Age — 22; Ulster Grand wins — 0; Best — 2nd

Another of the young of rising stars in Irish racing, the Ballyclare lad has progressed in recent years under the of team manager and mentor Farquhar. Specialises in the Supertwins but has proved that he can perform on any capacity of machinery, taking his Supersport success at the Mid Antrim

Other riders to watch out for Isle of Man TT specialist Dan Stewart, Welshman Ian Lougher and Irish road race regulars Pearson, Derek Sheils and Anderson.

Race schedule Thursday 15 August — 150

National Race (5 laps); Race (5 laps); Challenge (5 laps); Superbike Race (6

Saturday 17th August Ulster Grand Prix

(6 laps); Supersport one (6 laps); (5 laps); Superbike one (7 laps); (6 laps); Superbike two (6 laps)


Superbikes — Bruce 133.975mph (2010)

Superbike one — Keith Amor, (2010)

Superstock — Ian 132.16mph (2010)

Supersport Michael Dunlop, 128.59mph

Supertwins — Ryan 118.46mph (2012)

250cc Darran Lindsay, 121.86mph

125cc — William 113.37mph (2009)

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