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McGuinness gracious in defeat after Superbike loss

'I wanted to win but it wasn't be. I'm on the podium and the consolation is the lap record' - John McGuinness
John McGuinness was gracious in defeat as he admitted he had no answer to his Honda TT Legends team-mate Michael Dunlop in the Superbike race.

Dunlop claimed his first victory in the premier class on the Mountain Course by almost 41 seconds from Cameron Donald with McGuinness finishing third after incurring a one-minute time penalty for speeding in pit lane.

The Morecambe rider rode in the red and black colours worn by Ulster road racing legend Joey Dunlop when he won the 2000 Formula One race as part of a special tribute to mark the 30th anniversary of Dunlop's first TT victory for Honda.

McGuinness, who also wore a version of Joey's famous yellow helmet, set a new outright lap record on his final lap of 131.671mph.

He said: “I can't win them all. I don't know what happened in that second pit stop. Obviously it's my fault and I'll take it on the chin because they're the rules.

“I'd ridden hard for five laps and on that last lap I just pushed and pushed, giving it everything I could and I'm just pleased I was able to nick the podium back.

“I'm so proud to wear the Joey Dunlop colours from 2000. I was in the same position on the podium with him in the Superbike race that year, and now here I am next to another Dunlop,” he added.

“I wanted to win but it wasn't be. I'm on the podium and the consolation is the lap record.”



Related Pictures

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John McGuinness in the Superbike race
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
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.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
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.

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dank - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 3:37 AM

as sporting as ever, gotta love Mcpint!! well done sir but im afraid barring ill weather, sabotage, or mechanical failure will the bike, Mickey d and the factory Hondas will rule the isle of man tt for years to come

shamarone

June 03, 2013 4:22 AM

re: "“I wanted to win but it wasn't be. I'm on the podium and the consolation is the lap record." and don't forget... YOU'RE ALIVE...!!! that's an often overlooked reward. not something to be taken for granted on the manx countryside.



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