Michael Dunlop breaks his duck but Davey Todd is champion after a fivefold

Davey Todd scored a hat-trick yesterday at the Southern 100 and clinched the prestigious solo championship title for the first time on a record-breaking day in the Isle of Man.

allymoney’s Michael Dunlop also took his first Supersport class victory of the week at the Billown course on his MD Racing Yamaha, with the 21-time Isle of Man TT winner finishing the four-day meeting with six third and one victory out of the seven races he started.

But the spotlight belonged to rising star Todd, whose Thursday highs earned him a fantastic five-timer that included three Milenco wins by Padgett’s Honda Superbike and two on his Supersport machine.

The highlight for the 26-year-old came in the Solo Blue Ribbon Championship final, which was held over nine laps of the 4.25-mile course.

Todd and the Bradford man Harrison, who won the coveted title three times in a row from 2017 to 2019, escaped Dunlop and found themselves locked in a thrilling duel that went to the wire.

Harrison broke the outright lap record, first clocking 116.639mph with two laps to go before raising the benchmark to 116.941mph on the final lap as he tried everything he could to find a way to overtake Todd.

However, it was Saltburn man Todd who got the verdict on the line by six hundredths of a second over former champion Harrison, while Dunlop took last place on the podium in third, nearly 21 seconds behind. lag on the Buildbase Suzuki.

A jubilant Todd said: “Man he pushed me all the way and I just tried to keep my head down, do consistent laps and make no mistakes to give him a chance.

“I was trying to hit all my marks and be strong on the brakes. I tried to train all week where he was strong and where I had to defend a bit, but as I don’t stop to say it, I had no excuse: I think I had the best bikes.

Harrison was graceful in defeat as he surrendered his title to Todd after one of the closest races at the Southern 100 in years.

“It’s been a good race all week between me and Davey. I wanted to win because that’s what we’re here for, but fair play to Davey, he drives well.

“I hope we put on a good show for the fans and maybe someone buys me a pint now tonight!”

Ulsterman Dunlop, third, had to regret a change on his Suzuki.

“We just made a switch, it was my fault,” Dunlop said.

“I asked the team to make a change for me and it didn’t go well.”

Dunlop won the second Supersport race of the morning for his 22nd victory in the event by 0.263s, winning in a four-way battle with Harrison, Todd and Jamie Coward of Yorkshire.

“It was just to prove that I still have it,” Dunlop said.

“When the bike is going well, then I’m always fast.”

Todd sealed the first victory of his hat-trick yesterday in the third senior race, edging past Harrison on the final lap to snatch victory in one of the tightest finishes in history by just 0.032 seconds. Dunlop was third at 10.45 seconds.

Padgett’s Honda rider Todd then added another win in the final Supersport race by 0.118 seconds from Harrison. Dunlop – who set a new lap record at 110.998mph – finished third with the top three covered by three tenths of a second.

Rob Hodson triumphed in Jamie Coward’s second Supertwin race, while the Sidecar Championship race was won by Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley, who completed a one-two finish.

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