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McGuinness claims 20th TT win with Senior triumph

Honda TT Legends rider John McGuinness won his 20th race at the Isle of Man TT races with a stunning victory in the prestigious Senior race
John McGuinness bounced back to win the prestigious Senior TT on the final day of the 2013 festival on his HM Plant Honda Fireblade.

McGuinness held off a determined challenge by his team-mate, Michael Dunlop, to secure a landmark victory by over ten seconds, setting a new race record for the blue riband race.

Billed as a clash between McGuinness and Dunlop, the pair lived up to the hype as they tore around the iconic Mountain Course on their Honda Fireblade machines.

Dunlop held the advantage by 0.3 seconds from Gary Johnson at Ballaugh Bridge on the opening lap, with McGuinness less than a second back in third.

Northern Ireland rider Dunlop, who was bidding to equal Ian Hutchinson's 2010 record of five wins in a week, stretched his lead to 1.1 seconds at the Bungalow on the Mountain with Johnson still holding second place by one second from McGuinness.

Dunlop's opening lap was 130.965mph with McGuinness managing 130.790mph.

The top six riders each smashed the 130mph barrier on the first lap, with Johnson, Michael Rutter, Guy Martin and William Dunlop setting a searing pace.

McGuinness was on the move and by Glen Helen on the second lap he was into second place, one second down on Dunlop, with Johnson six seconds in arrears.

Rutter, Martin and William Dunlop were the top six.

McGuinness took over at Ramsey by 0.232 seconds from Dunlop and from this point on he remained in front, completing his second lap at 131.272mph to lead Dunlop by 2.4 seconds going into the first pit stops.

Johnson and Cameron Donald were both forced out of the race as McGuinness increased his lead to six seconds from Dunlop following the fuel stops, with Martin and Bruce Anstey virtually inseparable on time followed by Rutter and James Hillier.

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June 07, 2013 8:13 PM

Nice one John, Really made my day glad young dunlop finished the race or the doubters would say you had it easy. Respect with knobs on mate, Big Respect to M D on his 4 wins also. Finally best wishes to all the injured fans, and racers. Still Smiling


June 07, 2013 9:15 PM

Hooray! McGuinness is just brilliant on the Mountain. Dunlop is a real charger and the future but John really showed his caliber and why he is one of the legends of the TT. Very happy for McGuinness and glad to hear there were no critical injures at Bray Hill. Those who were lost this year will be remembered and the Isle of Man TT will roar on, it fires the soul, doesn't it?

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