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TT 2013: McGuinness seals landmark 20th victory

7 June 2013

John McGuinness bounced back to win the prestigious Senior TT on the final day of the 2013 festival on his HM Plant Honda Fireblade.

McGuinness held off a determined challenge by his team-mate, Michael Dunlop, to secure a landmark victory by over ten seconds, setting a new race record for the blue riband race.

Billed as a clash between McGuinness and Dunlop, the pair lived up to the hype as they tore around the iconic Mountain Course on their Honda Fireblade machines.

Dunlop held the advantage by 0.3 seconds from Gary Johnson at Ballaugh Bridge on the opening lap, with McGuinness less than a second back in third.

Northern Ireland rider Dunlop, who was bidding to equal Ian Hutchinson's 2010 record of five wins in a week, stretched his lead to 1.1 seconds at the Bungalow on the Mountain with Johnson still holding second place by one second from McGuinness.

Dunlop's opening lap was 130.965mph with McGuinness managing 130.790mph.

The top six riders each smashed the 130mph barrier on the first lap, with Johnson, Michael Rutter, Guy Martin and William Dunlop setting a searing pace.

McGuinness was on the move and by Glen Helen on the second lap he was into second place, one second down on Dunlop, with Johnson six seconds in arrears.

Rutter, Martin and William Dunlop were the top six.

McGuinness took over at Ramsey by 0.232 seconds from Dunlop and from this point on he remained in front, completing his second lap at 131.272mph to lead Dunlop by 2.4 seconds going into the first pit stops.

Johnson and Cameron Donald were both forced out of the race as McGuinness increased his lead to six seconds from Dunlop following the fuel stops, with Martin and Bruce Anstey virtually inseparable on time followed by Rutter and James Hillier.

Dunlop reduced the deficit on lap three to two seconds but McGuinness began to dig deep on the fourth lap and was over five seconds in front at the Bungalow.

Following the second round of pit stops, his lead was now up to 11 seconds over Dunlop, with Anstey into third place on his HM Plant/Padgett's Honda.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider Hillier was following McGuinness on the road and began to climb the leaderboard, slotting into fourth place.

McGuinness began the final lap with a lead of almost ten seconds from 24-year-old Dunlop as Hillier took over third by three tenths of a second from Anstey.

Martin was fourth, with Rutter and William Dunlop the leading half dozen.

McGuinness held station on the final 37.73-miles to close out a superb 20th victory over Dunlop, with Anstey narrowly edging out Hillier the final place on the rostrum by fractions of a second.

Tyco Suzuki's Martin claimed fifth ahead of Rutter on the third Honda TT Legends machine.


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