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TT 2013: McGuinness: I gave it everything I had

3 June 2013

John McGuinness was gracious in defeat as he admitted he had no answer to his Honda TT Legends team-mate Michael Dunlop in the Superbike race.

Dunlop claimed his first victory in the premier class on the Mountain Course by almost 41 seconds from Cameron Donald with McGuinness finishing third after incurring a one-minute time penalty for speeding in pit lane.

The Morecambe rider rode in the red and black colours worn by Ulster road racing legend Joey Dunlop when he won the 2000 Formula One race as part of a special tribute to mark the 30th anniversary of Dunlop's first TT victory for Honda.

McGuinness, who also wore a version of Joey's famous yellow helmet, set a new outright lap record on his final lap of 131.671mph.

He said: “I can't win them all. I don't know what happened in that second pit stop. Obviously it's my fault and I'll take it on the chin because they're the rules.

“I'd ridden hard for five laps and on that last lap I just pushed and pushed, giving it everything I could and I'm just pleased I was able to nick the podium back.

“I'm so proud to wear the Joey Dunlop colours from 2000. I was in the same position on the podium with him in the Superbike race that year, and now here I am next to another Dunlop,” he added.

“I wanted to win but it wasn't be. I'm on the podium and the consolation is the lap record.”


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