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McGuinness pull out stops to claim Supersport TT rostrum

'I had a big slide at Cronk-ny-Mona and my feet were off the pegs so I was pushing the bike hard but the pace was incredible right from the off' - John McGuinness
John McGuinness equalled Joey Dunlop's record of 40 Isle of Man TT podiums after the Morecambe rider narrowly edged out William Dunlop for the final rostrum spot in the second Supersport race.

McGuinness also set his fastest ever lap on a 600cc machine on the HM Plant/Padgett's Honda at 127.210mph on his final lap to pip Dunlop by 0.972s after 150-miles of racing on the Mountain Course.

Michael Dunlop shattered the lap record with a final lap of 128mph to win by over two seconds from long-time leader Bruce Anstey and the pair were over 40 seconds ahead of McGuinness in third, who said he has 'never rode harder'.

“In what's becoming a recurring theme this week, I have never ridden harder,” said McGuinness.

“I knew the gap between William and myself was next to nothing so I pushed and pushed as I was desperate for that final podium spot.

“I had a big slide at Cronk-ny-Mona and my feet were off the pegs so I was pushing the bike hard but the pace was incredible right from the off,” he added.

“It was wheel to wheel stuff again and another great race to be part of whilst the HM Plant Padgett's boys did a great job once more.

“In all the years I've been riding for them, the bikes have completed every lap and although I might not have won one yet, I'm having a great week,” he said.

“To equal Joey's record number of podiums is something special too and I'm very proud of that feat.”

Related Pictures

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John McGuinness on the HM Plant/Padgett`s Supersport Honda
Lee Johnston in action on the 600cc Padgett`s Honda at the Isle of Man TT.
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
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.
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.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.

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June 06, 2013 2:44 PM

You know John will be giving his all in the Senior. He wants that 20th win! What a TT week, super weather and perhaps the changing of the guard at the Isle. The comments from McGuinness and Anstey suggest that they both see the writing on the wall. They won't go without a fight, that's for sure. Brilliant stuff.


June 06, 2013 2:57 PM

It has been amazing this week and John is right he hasn't ridden harder his lap times are showing that, especially on the 600, prior to this week I don't believe he did a lap on the 600 in less that 18 minutes, on his final lap yesterday he did a 17:47 smashing his previous best.

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