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McGuinness fully prepared for Superbike bid at TT races

'We're definitely in the ball park. It's not going to be easy but I'm ready to race and I'm well up for it' - John McGuinness
John McGuinness is ready to seize his chance to add an incredible 18th Isle of Man TT victory to his phenomenal record around the infamous Mountain course in Saturday's Dainese Superbike race.

The 17-times winner was the only rider to achieve a 130mph lap during practice week on his Honda Legends Fireblade and the Morecambe rider is cool, calm and relaxed as he prepares to set off from the number one spot on the Glencrutchery Road start line.

“We hit the ground running this week,” said McGuinness, who warmed up for the TT with a victory in the superbike class at the North West 200 last month.

“We went out there on the first night when the conditions were great and we just got stuck in. I didn't feel like I was sticking my neck out, I was just hitting all the apexes and cruising around feeling really relaxed.

“I was hitting 128s, 129s, 130s so we're definitely in the ball park. It's not going to be easy but I'm ready to race and I'm well up for it,” he added.

“I'm starting number one so it's just down to me, the stop watch and the track and hopefully we can stand in the winner's enclosure.”

His team-mate, Simon Andrews, has quickly gelled with the 1000cc Fireblade this season and after finishing a terrific fourth in the main superbike race at the North West, Andrews holds an outside chance of breaking into the top six in the Superbike TT in only his second year at the event.

In practice, he lapped at 127.376mph and is now ready to take his chance on the biggest international road racing stage of them all.

“We're at the end of practice week now and I've done a few laps so I'm feeling ready to pitch myself against everyone and see how it goes,” said Andrews.

“We've done a good time on the superbike and the superstock and I'm just enjoying it.




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AUSSIE66

June 02, 2012 9:19 AM

I love mottogp, world super bikes,British super bikes,Aussie super bikes,But REAL ROADRACING makes them all look lame. Thank you all competitors in the T.T.for having the guts to do what us mear mortals could only wish we could do.Safe racing to all.



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