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John McGuinness misses out on top step in TT Zero and Supersport races

'In the Supersport race, I just wasn't fast enough on the day. Conditions were good apart from a couple of damp patches but it's not always beneficial being number one on the road as you don't have anyone to gauge yourself against' - John McGuinness
John McGuinness will have to wait for his 20th Isle of Man TT victory after admitting he 'just wasn't fast enough' to win the second Supersport race on Wednesday.

The Morecambe rider has underlined his status as the king of the Mountain course this week, winning the Superbike and Superstock races to boost his tally of wins to 19.

Given his current form, the 40-year-old looked poised to close in on Ulster icon Joey Dunlop's record even further on Wednesday, when he lined up in the Supersport and TT Zero races.

However, McGuinness finished as the runner-up to Michael Rutter in the clean emissions race before taking fifth on the Padgetts Honda CBR600RR.

He is now preparing for Friday's prestigious Senior TT on the Isle of Man, where he starts as the favourite on his Honda TT Legends Fireblade.

“The TT Zero race was certainly something different for me and to break the 100mph barrier at out first attempt was really special,” he said.

“The guys at Mugen have built a really good bike, they've come here and completed two laps so there'll have gathered plenty of data now and will certainly come back stronger next year.

“There's plenty more to come from the bike and I was only using 50% of the energy available as the main priority was to finish the race,” he added.

“When I got to the Bungalow, I was able to increase it to 60% and I was whizzing along so perhaps if I'd have pushed the button a little bit sooner maybe we would have been closer.”

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John McGuinness at Governor`s Dip in the second Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT
Conor Cummins will race for Padgett`s Honda in the Supersport and Superstock races at the Isle of Man TT.
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens Triumph at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade during a test at Castle Combe.
John McGuinness, Honda Racing [Credit: RAC]
2015 Isle of Man TT Races.
John McGuinness at the start of the Senior TT in 2015.
Lee Johnston will ride for Sarolea Racing in the TT Zero race.
Gary Johnson will ride the T3 Triumph at the 2016 Isle of Man TT.
Seamus Elliott
Victor Cox will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2016.
Shaun Harris at the Isle of Man TT in 2007.
Josh Daley
Conor Cummins and John McGuinness remain with Honda Racing for 2016
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas and John Burrows.

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