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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.”

Related Pictures

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John McGuinness at Governor`s Dip in the second Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT
James Hillier in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Guy Martin in the Senior TT
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Dean Harrison on his way to victory in the Lightweight TT
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha in the Supersport TT
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop lines up at the start of the second Supersport TT race
John McGuinness on the Mugen Shiden in the TT Zero race
Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
John McGuinness on the Mugen machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT

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