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John McGuinness says he could have gone faster after smashing 130mph

Outright lap-record holder John McGuinness says he was held up on his staggering Isle of Man TT practice lap last night.
John McGuinness, the 15-time Isle of Man TT winner, has revealed the stunning practice time he set on Wednesday could have been even faster.

The Morecambe star was almost 9 seconds faster than anyone else in the third timed practice of the 2010 TT, riding the HM Plant Honda Superbike.

Despite blowing away the competition with an average speed of 130.242mph on his second lap of the 37.73-mile Mountain Course, McGuinness later admitted he had been held up!

McGuinness set a stunning average speed of 129.265mph from a standing start on the opening lap of Wednesday's practice session, then became this first man this week to lap at more than 130mph.

McGuinness said:

“Conditions were pretty good and we made a few improvements to the bike so after having a look round on the first lap, everything felt right to push for a fast lap.”

“I got held up in a couple of places and lost a bit of time from Ramsey to the Waterworks where there were yellow flags out so it could have been a good few seconds quicker.”

“Conditions were good though, the tracks getting a fair bit of rubber laid down now too so it was good to stick a 130mph lap in and get to the top, Practice doesn't mean anything though so I just used the first couple of sessions to get dialled back in and we're not a million miles away now.”

In perfect conditions on Wednesday, McGuinness also took out his Padgetts Honda Supersport machine for two laps, recording a best speed of 123.128mph, the third quickest of the night, and the Padgetts Honda Superstocker for one lap, recoreded at 124.973mph and good enough for seventh in class.

McGuinness added:

“All three bikes are working well so let's hope this good weather continues and we can finish practice strongly in readiness for Saturday's first race.”

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John McGuinness at Ballaugh Bridge during the Wednesday evening`s practice at the Isle of Man TT, where he lapped at an average speed of more than 130mph (Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press International)
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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Buelliful .

June 03, 2010 1:39 PM

I am just full of admiration for anyone who can lap the TT at these kind of speeds, really looking forward to the coverage on TV (can't make it this year). Keep it rubber side down guys and have a blast!

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