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McGuinness wins 2011 Senior TT

The Honda TT Legends rider overcame a slow start to catch and pass a determined Martin, winning by 15 seconds.
John McGuinness wrapped up his 17th Isle of Man TT victory with a fighting performance in the blue riband Senior TT race, denying Guy Martin a long awaited maiden triumph.

Having won the first Superbike race last weekend – making it a career tally of 16 -, McGuinness was not only looking to make it 17, but to also win the 2011 TT Championship having also enjoyed success in the two Supersport races and the Superstock encounter.

Still, while McGuinness got underway first aboard the Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR, it took him a while to get into his stride as Martin and Bruce Anstey opened up an advantage out front.

Indeed, an inspired Martin was pushing hard aboard the Relentless Suzuki GSX-R1000, opening up a good gap over Anstey by the end of the opening lap, while McGuinness was still adrift, but in touch.

Anstey and McGuinness began to close down Martin slightly on the second lap, the trio coming in for their stops with four laps of the race remaining. A poor stop for Anstey allowed McGuinness ahead into second position, enabling the multiple TT winner to begin hunting down Martin.

As it happens, McGuinness didn't take too long to catch the Suzuki, passing him before the third lap had been completed and duly stretching away. Steadily managing his advantage over the final three revolutions, McGuinness would cross the line with a seven second margin over Martin.

Martin did well to secure second place, fending off a fast charging Anstey for a fourth podium in five races in his first TT with the Relentless Suzuki team. Supersport winner Anstey would end up four seconds behind Martin, the Kiwi ruing another slow change around during the second round of pit-stops.

Indeed, the top three were well clear of the chasing pack, with Cameron Donald finishing in fourth position, over a minute behind McGuinness, while Keith Amor completed the top five.

Respective Suprstock and Supersport race winners Michael Dunlop and Gary Johnson ended their TT campaigns in sixth and seventh, with William Dunlop, James Hillier and Michael Rutter rounding out the top ten.

Meanwhile, TT debutant Simon Andrews put in a fine performance on the Ice Valley BMW to cross the line in 11th.

Related Pictures

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John McGuinness - Padgettes 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]
John McGuinness - TT Legends Honda [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
John McGuinness - Honda TT Legends [pic credit: Stephen Davison]
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.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.

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jd46 - Unregistered

June 10, 2011 9:32 PM

yeah Guy didnt win but he podiumed 4 times out of 5 and was denied a 5th by a break down. Finishing 7 secs behind Mcguiness is no shabby achievment. I think he has shown he does have the mentalilty to win one , one day. As for Mcguiness , pure class round the Island .

Simon - Unregistered

June 10, 2011 9:29 PM

Well done John Mac brilliant performance what a bloke top racer. Lot of total and utter ****e being talked about Guy Martin from those on here who I dare bet have never raced any road circuit (which I have)It takes a win to get into the groove and get the monkey off your back.For those who dont realise how it works,you have to be smoother than a porn stars bits !!Go slower to go faster,study footage of John Mc through the lariest corners and see how smooth he is in comparison to those further down the order.You cant just turn up ride round like a **** till you crash to find the limits like short circuits.Please dont pull riders to bits unless you (A) know what you are talking about or(B) beaten them on track/road .

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