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John McGuinness satisfied to take top fiove finishes in each race

Despite only having the Padgetts Honda Superstock machine to use and challenging wet conditions to master, John McGuiness said he had a fun and successful time at the Gold Cup meeting.
Rain hitting the Gold Cup meeting at Scarborough's Oliver's Mount circuit was a 'shame' according to John McGuinness, but he was still pleased with his performance at the 2.41-mile woodland track.

Armed with just his Padgetts Honda Superstock machine, the Morecambe man was able to finish in the top five in all three of his races and once again thoroughly enjoyed his weekend on the North Yorkshire coast.

With Saturday seeing dry, sunny weather, the 15-time Isle of Man TT winner got his weekend under way with third place in the Superbike heat and lined up on the front row of the grid for the 8-lap race later in the day.

A good start saw him up to third at the end of the first lap and although he got shuffled back to fifth, firstly by team-mate Ian Hutchinson and then by Michael Pearson, he enjoyed a good dice with the latter and eventually took a hard-fought fifth place, also posting his best ever lap around the public road course, a lap of 1m45.796s making him the fifth fastest rider ever in the history of the event.

Heavy overnight rain left the circuit extremely damp on Sunday and regular drizzle meant it was going to be a difficult day for everyone.

The second leg of the Superbikes saw McGuinness have one of his best rides in the wet on the roads for a long time and he took a fine fourth place in the 8-lap race, only defeated by Ryan Farquhar, Ian Lougher and Hutchinson. He then completed his weekend with another fifth place, this time in the feature Gold Cup race.

As well as racing, McGuinness was also part of the parades laps celebrating 60 years of the Gold Cup races and 21 years of the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup. He joined stars like Carl Fogarty, Mick Grant, James Whitham and Phillip McCallen to entertain the large crowd.

McGuinness said:

“I always enjoy coming to race at Scarborough and this weekend has been no exception. It was 1996 when I first came here and I still have as much fun now as what I did then so it's great to see another big crowd turn up.”

“I haven't ridden a 1000cc bike here since 2005, but I was soon on the pace and enjoyed every one of my three races. It was obviously a shame that the weather spoilt things a bit on Sunday, but, from my own perspective, it was one of my best rides on the roads in the wet for a long time. I lapped quicker than I've ever done here this weekend and finished in the top 5 in every race so I can't complain.”

“It was also a privilege to be part of the celebrations in the parade laps and, overall, it's been a good weekend for everyone. We all love coming here and will be back again next year to do it all over again!”

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John McGuinness was happy with top five finishes in all his races at the Gold cup meeting at Scarborough`s Oliver`s Mount circuit (Alan Armstrong Photography)
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