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McGuinness revels in 'unbelieveable' TT win

The World Endurance rider benefitted from Bruce Anstey's retirement to add another TT win to his already impressive tally.
John McGuinness says it is 'unbelieveable' that he has now notched up a 16th Isle of Man TT victory after succeeding in a closely fought Superbike race around the island.

McGuinness who has been racing in the World Endurance Championship as part of the Honda TT Legends team, was the first to set off around the course by virtue of his number one plate, but despite making a good start, he was reeled in by Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Honda.

Stretching his lead after the first pit stops following an impressive turn around by the 'Legends' team, McGuinness was then handed a sizeable advantage when Anstey was forced to pull off with problems.

It meant McGuinness was able to cruise to a victory of more than a minute over Cameron Donald for a 16th win that strengthens his status as one of the world's foremost road racers.

"I'm speechless really and it's unbelievable to be sitting here now with another Superbike win to my name, for some reason I never thought I'd do it. Bruce was pushing really hard at the beginning and I dropped back a bit as I was a bit tense and blowing a bit whilst my arms were also pumping up a bit.

“I had a real good go on the second lap and only just stopped in time when I came in to the pits so probably made up a bit of time there but the pit stop was terrific and the boys did an awesome job on both occasions. They're people who I trust and who have been with me a long time and that gave me a bit of breathing space whilst Bruce going out soon after obviously helped.

“Going off at number 1 and riding for essentially a new team created a bit of pressure and I was definitely nervousbut as the race wore on I felt stronger and stronger so all the riding in World Endurance has definitely paid off.

“Seeing such a huge crowd out there cheering me on was a really special feeling and I want to thank them and also let my good mate Stuart Easton know that win's for him."

McGuinness will return for the Supersport and Superstock races, albeit this time on the Padgetts Honda.

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Honda TT Legends get ready for EWC opener
John McGuinness - Honda TT Legends
John McGuinness - TT Legends Honda [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
John McGuinness - Honda TT Legends [pic credit: Stephen Davison]
John McGuinness - TT Legends Honda [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
John McGuinness - Honda TT Legends [pic credit: Mark Walters]
John McGuinness - Honda TT Legends [pic credit: Isle of Man TT Media]
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
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.

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June 06, 2011 12:01 PM

McGuinness is such a legend. What's not to like about the fella? The MotoGP (and some of the WSB) prima donnas could do with learning a few lessons from JM and the other TT competitors. This is what proper bike racing should be all about.

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