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John McGuinness claims 18th TT victory in Superbike race

Mountain master John McGuinness takes honours in Superbike TT to wrap up incredible 18th success on Isle of Man as team-mate Simon Andrews suffers 'suspected multiple broken bones' in crash
The irrepressible John McGuinness lived up to the pre-race hype as he secured his 18th Isle of Man TT victory with a stunning success in the Dainese Superbike race.

McGuinness was unstoppable as he fended off an early challenge from Australian rider Cameron Donald on the Wilson Craig Honda to win by 14 seconds, with effervescent Kiwi Bruce Anstey sealing the final place on the rostrum to complete a Honda 1-2-3.

McGuinness set a new race record for the Superbike TT on his way to victory in a time of 1h 46m 03.06s.

The 40-year-old, who was celebrating his seventh Formula One/Superbike victory, also clocked the fastest lap of the race at 130.483mph, but Conor Cummins' 131mph effort from 2010 remains the record speed for the Superbike TT.

Anstey finished 42 seconds behind double-TT winner Donald, with Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin a further 20 seconds in arrears on the GSX-R1000 superbike.

It was ultimately a disappointing result for Martin, who was feeling confident of challenging for that elusive maiden victory at the TT prior to the start of the six-lap race, which was delayed by 15 minutes due to sea mist affecting visibility on the Mountain.

Martin had held third place for the majority of the showdown, but Anstey produced a sizzling final two laps to overhaul a 12 second deficit to the Lincolnshire star for a deserved third place finish on Clive Padgett's Honda.

Manx favourite, Conor Cummins, was ruled out of the race on the second Tyco Suzuki after withdrawing on safety grounds.

Cummins has struggled to overcome a hand injury suffered following a crash at the North West 200 last month, which left him nursing two broken metacarpals in his right hand.

However, the Ramsey resident hopes to be back in the saddle for the remainder of the festival next week.

Anstey's team-mate, Gary Johnson, finished fifth with William Dunlop continuing to excel at TT2012 as he rounded out the leading six on the second of Northern Ireland businessman Craig's Honda Fireblades.

McGuinness's Honda Legends team-mate, Simon Andrews, crashed out on the opening lap at Graham's on the Mountain.

Andrews suffered 'suspected multiple broken bones', though none of his injuries were described as life-threatening.

Only one second covered the leading three of McGuinness, Donald and Martin after the opening lap, with Donald actually moving into the lead of the race at the Bungalow by a few tenths of a second.

Related Pictures

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John McGuinness on the Honda TT Legends Fireblade at Ballaugh Bridge
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.
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.

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Sump Rat

June 02, 2012 10:53 PM

Congratulations to John McGuinness, awesome ride again. Well done Cameron Donald. Go 86. I am confident Cam will win again soon. Bruce the Kiwi done good as well. Hope the sunshine lasts for a while longer at the Isle.

wes graham - Unregistered

June 03, 2012 9:44 AM

well done to john,cameron and bruce. all on hondas. i as already stated in previous posting tas willNOT WIN at this years tt or maybe not even get on to the the third stept. wes graham.

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