5 March 2015
McGuinness retains number one plate for Isle of Man TT
TT start numbers confirmed with McGuinness setting off at number one and Michael Dunlop carrying the number three plate on the Milwaukee Yamaha for the Superbike and Senior races
John McGuinness will carry the number one plate once more in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior races at the Isle of Man TT in June.
The 21-times TT winner, who was hampered last year by a wrist injury, will lead the charge from the front on the Honda Racing Fireblade, with James Hillier on the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki setting off ten seconds behind at number two.
New Milwaukee Yamaha signing Michael Dunlop comes next at number three as the 25-year-old attempts to sustain his incredible winning streak on the Mountain Course, which includes eight victories in the past two years after back-to-back four-timers.
Outright lap record holder Bruce Anstey, the only rider to crack the 132mph barrier at the TT, retains his traditional number five plate on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda as the Kiwi chases an elusive win in the Superbike class, setting off behind Michael Rutter (4), who is expected to ride a BMW in the Penz13.com team.
Ulsterman William Dunlop goes at number six on the all-new Tyco BMW and will be followed by double Supersport TT winner Gary Johnson (7) on the JG Speedfit GBMoto Kawasaki.
Guy Martin, who caused a stir in recent weeks after suggesting he could scale down his racing exploits in 2016 or even retire, carries the number eight plate on the second of the Tyco BMW machines.
The top ten is completed by PBM Kawasaki's Ian Hutchinson and Manx rider Conor Cummins (Honda Racing), who finished on the rostrum twice in the Superbike and Senior TT races in 2014.
Mar-Train Racing's Dean Harrison takes number 11 as the Bradford prospect rides another of the much-hyped new Yamaha YZF-R1s, while Scotsman Keith Amor will be giving chase as he returns to the 1000cc classes on the Rig Deluge BMW.
KMR Kawasaki team owner Ryan Farquhar, who also returns to the Superbike class this year, is at number 14 as he sets off behind Lee Johnston on the East Coast Construction BMW (13).
Another Manx rider, Dan Kneen, is down at number 15 although the Braddan man is still in the process of finalising his plans after his deal with Millsport Suzuki fell through.
Aussie David Johnson (16) on the Smiths BMW, sensational newcomer Peter Hickman (Briggs Equipment BMW) at 17, Dan Stewart on the Wilcock Consulting Honda (18), Norton's Cameron Donald and Steve Mercer on his privateer Honda are the top 20.
Entries closed for the 2015 Isle of Man TT closed last Friday and as in previous years, every class was oversubscribed, presenting the organisers with the huge headache of selecting who made the final start list.
The top 20 seeded riders have all lapped comfortably over 127mph, while the leading 70 riders have all lapped in excess of 120mph.
With 91 entrants targeting the 72 starting places that are up for grabs, this year's two six-lap races should be absolutely barnstorming affairs.
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