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I think it might be Guy Martins year this year though. Dunlop will take 3 I reckon, McGuiness 1 and Guy Martin 1
 

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Michael Dunlop is in my opinion the most exciting rider in real Road racing at this time. At 23 years old and already having won three TT victories on a privateer bike...with a few mates!.. He is the future in real road racing. During the Irish road racing season I get to see him in action almost every weekend and believe me this guy IS the real deal......and he delivers!!.
I'm glad he finally has the opportunity to show something of his full potential on a 'factory' bike ..and I believe now you'll not see which way he went!
Go Michael...and William too on the swan Yamaha.
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Hey Brian

There's no doubting Michael Dunlop's talent and courage ( it’s probably in his DNA) but when I watch him riding on the IOM, I get the impression he’s right on the ragged edge.. Maybe that’s his natural riding style, but it looks like he’s about to bin it at the very next jump or corner..

His uncle was as smooth as silk and didn’t even look like he was trying to go fast.. The greats always make it look easy.. Hailwood, Ago, McGuinness, Read, and so on..

David Jefferies was another one that always looked like he was on the ragged edge and used to chuck the bike around as if it was a 50cc Monkey bike..

McGuinness’s and Jefferies times over the Snaefell course are very close, yet their riding styles are totally opposite.. That’s what makes the TT race unique and on a good day, any of the top riders stand a chance of taking a TT medal home.

We all want Guy Martin to win a TT, and it’s not for trying. I just think he hasn’t got that last 10% that’s needed to keep it pinned for the full 6 laps.. I hope I'm wrong this year..

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John I think that is just Michael's natural riding style...he is very very similar in style to the late great Martin Finnegan who was incredible to watch. Philip McCallen was similar also...very aggressive and as you say..on the limit!
Contrast Michael's style to his brother William who is very smooth (like Joey). I agree Michael rides the bike like he has a 'death wish'..but he is always like that...in 'every' race. When I watch Him here on the 'roads' it was always between Ryan Farquhar (who is very smooth) and Michael Dunlop ...Previously Finnegan. And their contrasting styles always reminded me of the battles between Joey and Philip McCallen.
Every year around this time the question invariably comes up regarding Guy Martin and it.. 'being his year'.
I really like Guy Martin and would love to see him win his 'first' TT..I think almost everyone would.....however I'm just not sure it will happen...despite being on undeniably great bikes...'Wilson Craig Honda's'... 'TAS Suzuki's'..etc. Hope I'm wrong though.
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Great to see McGuiness and Dunlop in the same team, and the only team orders are that they can't "Supersize it" at the McDonalds!!!
I would also really like to see Guy Martin winning one, but he seems to have his eggs in too many baskets, rather than just concentrating on his bike racing. Great character though.
 
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