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McGuinness savours TT victory

John McGuinness was delighted to overcome the 'pressure' of winning for Honda on their 50th anniversary of road racing by claiming an outstanding 15th career Isle of Man TT victory.

The TT legend was in dominant form throughout as he smashed both the race and the lap record, McGuinness recording three laps that would average more than 130mph.

Overcoming a lack of grip at the start, McGuinness says he settled into a good pace by the fifth lap as he attempted to make a break away from HM Plant Honda team-mate Steve Plater.

"Conditions were a bit dusty to begin with and there wasn't much grip out there but I had a good go from the start and was able to make a bit of a break. I saw +4, +8 and then +11 but I was strong in some parts and weak in others so had to keep pushing.

“I had a real good go on the fifth lap and got stuck in, especially on the bottom part of the circuit, and that allowed me to make the break properly."

Leading a historic 1-2-3 for the Honda brand, McGuinness was proud to have won for a 15th time, particularly given the pressure he felt by representing the manufacturer.

"I was feeling a bit of pressure what with it being Honda's 50th anniversary of road racing so I was glad to repay them back and with a Honda 1-2-3, it's been a perfect day. I'm proud to have won my 15th TT and to have increased my outright lap record so thanks to everyone for their support, I hope all the fans out there enjoyed it today."


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John McGuinness wins the 2009 Isle of Man TT
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