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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)
Michael Rutter and John McGuinness during the pre-event press conference ahead of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.

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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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