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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
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas in action in the Senior Manx Grand Prix
Michael Rutter celebrates winning the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar were the top three in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT
Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
Picture courtesy of Motorcycle News
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Ian Lougher on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens BMW at the Isle of Man TT

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