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John McGuinness secures 19th victory to close on all-time record

'I wanted that – I really did want it and I pushed and pushed. I love Clive [Padgett] to bits and he's not just a sponsor, he's a friend' - John McGuinness
John McGuinness punched the air in delight as he finally triumphed in the Superstock TT race, when he was joined on the podium by Northern Ireland's Michael Dunlop and Ryan Farquhar.

McGuinness has now extended his total number of Isle of Man TT wins to 19, putting Ulster icon Joey Dunlop's record tally of 26 successes on the Mountain Course under threat for the first time.

Padgetts Honda star McGuinness, who won Saturday's Superbike TT, had never before tasted success in the Superstock event and badly craved a victory in the production-based class.

The 40-year-old meant business from the off and although he disputed the lead on the opening lap of four with KMR Kawasaki's Farquhar, McGuinness slowly established a gap and continued to pull out more as he asserted his authority on the 1000cc Fireblade.

Farquhar looked on course to finish as the runner-up, but he was thwarted by a late charge by Dunlop – last year's Royal London 360 Superstock TT winner – who set the fastest speed of the race on his final lap at 129.293mph on his Kawasaki ZX-10R after languishing in 11th place at Glen Helen on the opening lap.

McGuinness's margin of victory was 7.8 seconds over Dunlop at the finish, who in turn was almost five seconds clear of Farquhar.

Padgetts rider Bruce Anstey – hero of the opening Supersport race yesterday – Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzuki and the impressive James Hillier (Bournemouth Kawasaki) rounded out the top six.

McGuinness said: “I really concentrated from the start and it's a bike I know really well because I ride it all the time in the British championship.

“I wanted that – I really did want it and I pushed and pushed. I love Clive [Padgett] to bits and he's not just a sponsor, he's a friend.

“He's provided me with a bike since 2007 and I'm glad to repay him.




Related Pictures

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John McGuinness on his way to victory in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man 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.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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Buzz Beurling - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 12:56 PM

How is this great man..this wonderful gentle quietly spoken man not lauded universally and wonderfully as the legend that he is. He desreves every single bit of support he gets and more... Simply wonderful. Makes you wonder at the ego of some other riders that he is so humble. Even Valentino ROssi is in awe of the man. Brilliant!



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