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McGuinness in awe of Dunlop's 'special' Mountain lap

'If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't have believed it' - John McGuinness
Seeing was believing for John McGuinness who hailed Michael Dunlop's record-breaking Superstock TT lap as 'special'.

Ulsterman Dunlop shattered Ian Hutchinson's 2010 lap record with a final speed of 131.22mph to claim his sixth Isle of Man TT success yesterday and his third of the week.

McGuinness, who has 19-wins to his credit on the Mountain Course, finished third behind the flying Dunlop and Gary Johnson, who had to settle for second position after leading for much of the race.

“To lap at 131mph on a Superstock bike is something special and when he came by me at the 11th Milestone I thought I'd tag on and stick with him for the rest of the lap,” said McGuinness.

“There was no chance of that happening though this afternoon and if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't have believed it.

“It's been a tough few days so I'm looking forward to a day off and I think I'll take the family out and disappear to a beach somewhere.”

Dunlop's lap was only 3.5 seconds slower than McGuinness's new outright lap record of 131.671mph set on his final lap of the Superbike TT on Sunday, which was won by his young Honda Legends team-mate.

The pair are set to go head to head again in Friday's showpiece Senior race, when expectations are high of another new outright lap record in suitable conditions.



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on his Superstock Honda
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Sidecar crew Ian and Carl Bell
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.
Ian Hutchinson o the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha in the second Monster Energy Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on his Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Street Sweep Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Paul Shoesmith was killed in a crash during a practice lap for the Isle of Man TT.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at Ballacrye

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bigphilsp1 - Unregistered

June 04, 2013 3:50 PM

Jon I think the most important factor is the rider In this case just like Johnny Rea in wsbk Mickey D can ride it. These two seem to be able to ride the blade beyond its limit.

galaway

June 05, 2013 4:20 PM

wow dunlop has come good infact lots o the guys out there performed great the racing this year is just great long may the TT last make the motogp guys look a bit like overpaid pussies dont you think ?



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