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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.

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John McGuinness at the start of the Senior TT in 2015.
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Shaun Harris at the Isle of Man TT in 2007.
Ian Hutchinson has been awarded the Torrens Trophy for 2015.
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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.


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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