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Scarborough Gold Cup: McGuinness: I wanted my name back on trophy

'I really wanted to get my name back on the Gold Cup and was on a bit of a mission so for the race to end like it did is hugely disappointing' - John McGuinness
John McGuinness' hopes of landing the Scarborough Gold Cup for the second time were dashed after he slid off on oil while leading the feature race at Oliver's Mount.

McGuinness, who raised his tally of Isle of Man TT wins to 20 with victory in the Senior race in June, was caught out on lap three as he held led from eventual winner Michael Dunlop.

The Morecambe man previously won the Gold Cup in 1999 and was determined to claim the silverware once more on the Padgett's HM Plant Honda Superstock machine.

He made a flying start and opened a gap of two seconds at the front until his race came to a premature end, with McGuinness crashing on oil at Mere Hairpin, where Bruce Anstey and Dean Harrison both went down in the damp conditions on the opening laps.

McGuinness said: “I really wanted to get my name back on the Gold Cup and was on a bit of a mission so for the race to end like it did is hugely disappointing.

“I got a brilliant start and both the bike and the tyres were working superbly and whilst the track was certainly a bit slippy, I felt really comfortable.

“I had a nice gap over the rest of the field and was controlling the gap but when I exited Mere on the third lap, the rear just spun round on me and before I knew it, I was on my backside looking back down the track as the other riders came round the corner,” he added.

“I did nothing wrong and did exactly as I'd done the previous two laps in terms of my line and when I fed on the power and I later found out that there was a bit of oil down.

“It's a real shame for the race to end in this fashion as I felt confident a great result was on the cards but it wasn't meant to be.

“It wasn't the result I was looking for but it's always nice to come and ride at Oliver's Mount and I'll just have to make sure I come back next year and put things right.”

McGuinness will compete in this weekend's final round of the Endurance World Championship for the Honda TT Legends team at Le Mans.

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