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McGuiness fastest on first day of TT action

John McGuinness and Keith Amor start their Isle of Man TT campaigns off in the right way by pacing the opening day of practice for the 2011 event.
John McGuinness got the 2011 Isle of Man TT underway with the quickest time in a shortened first practice session for the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock riders.

Carrying the number one plate aboard his Honda TT Legends machine, McGuinness and team-mate Keith Amor made the most of their status as the last to set off, the former edging ahead on his second revolution with a 122.838mph.

Amor was classified second of the Superbike riders, though Bruce Anstey was second outright aboard his Padgetts Honda Superstock machine with a speed of 122.752mph

Gary Johnson was third best, the Lincs Lifting Honda rider setting the best time on the first lap, before being overhauled on the second revolution. He emerged ahead of Guy Martin on the Relentless Suzuk and Cameron Donald on the Wilson Craig Honda.

With rain forcing organisers to curtail the day's activities after only two laps, attention turns to Tuesday, where a full bevy of riders will be in attendance, including those that have travelled over from the BSB Thruxton round, including Michael Rutter, Hudson Kennaugh and James Hillier.

In the 600 class, Portuguese rider Luis Carreira was quickest with a 117.612mph, while Anstey was the fastest of the Superstock riders, ahead of Johnson, William Dunlop and Michael Dunlop.



Related Pictures

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Honda TT Legends get ready for EWC opener
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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IOM - Unregistered

May 31, 2011 8:08 AM

Turnip - Simon Andrews' 99 mph is pretty good for a rookie and right where he needs to be. It would be a bit of a worry if it was much faster - a lot to learn. He will only get faster as the week goes on.

MM - Unregistered

May 31, 2011 9:49 PM

@aspinock At 9pm tonight, (10pm ITV4+1), there is "Murray Walker's TT memories". Despite the years spent commentating on F1, his first love has always been motorcycles and this is a well informed documentary that will be a fitting prelude to the racing. I hope the BBC will be covering the TT again but the fiasco of this year's NW200 won't have helped matters if they'd intended any live ooverage. Can't see why they shouldn't show recorded highlights at the very least though.



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