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Ulster Grand Prix gets under way at Dundrod

The MCE Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod outside Belfast today is sure to produce some fast and furious racing.

Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW) and Michael Dunlop (Hawk BMW) are set to contest their skills again in the Superbike and Superstock classes with both riders out to prove a point after this year's Isle of Man TT Races.

On that occasion Michael Dunlop stole the Superbike race wins over Hutchinson.

Hutchinson will start as race favourite in the Superstock race on the Tyco BMW in which he has been campaigning all season to good effect and in the British Championships.

Dunlop will be out to claim Superbike wins in the big bike classes to give him a clean sweep of Superbike victories in the three main International road races of 2016, namely the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.

New Zealander Bruce Anstey on the Padgett’s Honda, is one rider who could upset the odds with Anstey out again on the Motogp RCV Honda and already he has shown his hand in practice as to just how good this machine is.

Manxman Dan Kneen returns on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha's after a long injury and he along with Peter Hickman (Kawasaki), William Dunlop (Yamaha), Derek Sheils (Burrows Suzuki), Dean Harrison (Kawasaki) to name but a few will be all gunning for victory.

Racing started at 10.30am with a full race programme for Superbikes, Supersports, Superstocks, Supertwins and Lightweight machines.

Weather's good so far today so it should be yet another fast and furious UGP and will the lap record of 133.9mph go this year?

It all adds up to another exciting day at Ulster Grand Prix, the fastest road race in the world.

 

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