Modern-day Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness has reflected on a 'special' day after the Honda star won his 18th race in the Superbike event.
McGuinness emerged on top following six gruelling laps of the 37.73-mile Mountain course to win by 18 seconds from Cameron Donald (Wilson Craig Honda) in a repeat of last year's Superbike TT result.
Bruce Anstey overhauled Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin in the closing stages of the race to make it a clean sweep of the podium positions for Honda in the first premier race of the 2012 festival.
It was McGuinness's seventh win in the old Formula One/Superbike event and his 34th podium at the world-famous road race.
“This feels pretty special. I've won a few around here in the past and, to be honest, I never know what to say,” he said.
“Going off at number one again, it was just me, the track and the stopwatch. There were a lot of leaves on the track first thing and a bit of mist swirling around over the Mountain so I was a bit tentative on the first lap, just feeling my way into the race.
“After that though, conditions were good and I felt strong everywhere, so I just read my boards once I'd got the lead,” he added.
“Cameron was really on it to begin with it but after two fantastic pit-stops, I had a real good go on laps three and five, hitting all my apexes and concentrating really hard.
“There was a big crowd out there and I got a bit emotional when I went through the Creg on the last lap as it reminded me of how I used to wave at Joey [Dunlop] all those years ago.”
McGuinness feels in the form of his life and there is no reason why more success won't follow as the meeting continues next week.
“I've had a good start to the season, getting in plenty of races and there's no substitute for track time,” he said.
“I'm not getting any younger but I'm really happy with everything at the moment and am enjoying my racing as much as ever.
“I've got to say a big thank you to all my team and family - I've got a great group of people behind me and to be sitting here with 18 wins is just incredible.”
Next up is the first Supersport race on Monday, followed by the Superstock event, with both events scheduled for four laps.