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TT2014: McGuinness 'boosted' by Superbike lap

Isle of Man TT star John McGuinness second fastest in Superbike and Supersport classes as practice commences on Mountain Course
Honda Racing's John McGuinness received a confidence boost after the Morecambe rider clocked the second fastest time on the opening night of practice for the Isle of Man TT races.

McGuinness was forced to sit out several races at the North West 200 as he continues to recover from a broken scaphoid, but the 20-time TT winner had a smile back on his face on Monday evening after lapping at 126.335mph to go second quickest behind Bruce Anstey.

After two laps on the Fireblade, the 42-year-old also completed a lap on the Valvoline Padgett's Honda at 118.672mph to end the night in second place on the Supersport leaderboard behind Gary Johnson.

When I was lying on the rocks in the Lake District a couple of months ago I didn't think I'd be competitive when I got here so tonight's been a real boost to me and it's great to bang in a good lap straightaway,” said McGuinness.

“I just went out there tonight and rode my motorbike without thinking too much and everything just started to happen naturally for me. The familiar surroundings of the TT course are where I'm at my happiest and it felt really good out there tonight, just letting the course flow and lapping at a nice, steady speed.

“The two laps on the big bike felt good as did the 600 although it was quite a difficult session as the sun was really bad, as worse as I've ever know it since I've been coming here,” he added.

“With all the rain over the last few months, there's more foliage around the course and the sun poking through the trees was creating a strobe light effect so it definitely kept me on my toes. It's always good to get the first session under your belt, even more so for me this year and I feel the weight's been lifted off my shoulders so we're up and running now and ready to roll.”

McGuinness remains the outright lap record holder at the TT, setting a stunning speed in last year's Superbike race of 131.67mph.

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John McGuinness at Ballacraine during practice for the Isle of Man TT
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Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
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