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.
“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.
“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.”