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John McGuinness puts down marker with 128mph lap at TT

'It's very early days, but it's a solid start so we'll just keep doing what we're doing and hope to continue in the same vein' - John McGuinness
Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness has made an ominous start to legendary road race meeting after lapping at 128mph on Monday evening.

The 17-times TT winner blasted around the 37.73-mile Mountain course at 128.266mph to throw down the gauntlet to the pretenders to his throne on his Honda TT Legends Fireblade.

McGuinness, the outright lap record holder at the TT at 131.587mph, could not have made a bigger statement at the start of practice week as he sets his sights on retaining the Superbike and Senior trophies.

The 40-year-old completed an opening lap of 111.23mph on his superbike before returning to the pits to make adjustments to the rear shock.

He then upped the pace to 126.116mph before increasing the ante on his third lap on the CBR1000RR to 128mph, leaving him at the top of the superbike times by over 15 seconds from Australia's Cameron Donald, who managed an average speed of 126.379mph.

Bruce Anstey was third fastest on Clive Padgett's Honda at 125.306mph, followed by Simon Andrews on the second Honda Legends machine at 124.772mph.

James Hillier on the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki (124.407mph) and Gary Johnson on the second Padgetts Honda (124.174mph) completed the top six.

McGuinness said: “It's very early days, but it's a solid start so we'll just keep doing what we're doing and hope to continue in the same vein.

“I'm always a bit nervous for the first evening of practice and this year was no different. The weather on the Island's been superb and I've just been chilling out for a few days, but the nerves crept in as I got ready to take the big Superbike out.




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