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TT 2015: McGuinness claims 22nd victory in electric race

John McGuinness wins the TT Zero Challenge race for the second year running to earn his 22nd victory as Bruce Anstey makes it a one-two for Mugen Racing.
John McGuinness clinched his 22nd Isle of Man TT success and his second successive win in the TT Zero Challenge race on the Japanese Mugen machine.

McGuinness also set a new lap record at 119.279mph, which is faster than his 1999 250cc lap record of 118.29mph.

The 43-year-old has endured a low-key week by his standards and the Morecambe star's triumph on Wednesday was his first rostrum of the 2015 festival as he took the win from Kiwi Bruce Anstey by four seconds in a one-two for Mugen.

Lee Johnston continued his excellent performance at the TT by taking third for Victory Racing, with Guy Martin – who took over the injured William Dunlop's Victory ride – finishing fourth.

McGuinness was first away from the line but by Glen Helen Anstey had actually moved into the lead on timing, albeit with only a second separating the pair, who had already established a 17 second lead over Johnson in third with Martin a further nine seconds back.

At the next timing point at Ballaugh, McGuinness had moved into the lead by over two seconds from Anstey with the Team Mugen pair establishing a healthy advantage at the front of the field.

Johnston and Martin continued their challenge for the final podium spot with the Northern Ireland rider establishing a lead of over 10 seconds from Martin at Ballaugh.

Robert Wilson consolidated fifth place for Belgium's team Sarolea Racing while James Cowton (Brunel University) and Michael Sweeney (University of Nottingham) were going head to head in sixth and seventh for the honour of finishing as the first university-backed rider.

At the front of the field McGuinness was being made to work for the race win by Anstey with the gap closing to less than three seconds, but the Morecambe Missile held on for another Mountain Course victory and is now only four wins behind Joey Dunlop's record of 26 wins.

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John McGuinness won the TT Zero Challenge race for Mugen
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June 10, 2015 10:25 PM

PS Joey's 26 were made up of an awful lot of two strokers with small grids and hardy anybody with the right parts to win. In the later years, apart from the amazing 2000 race, he was well beaten on the big bikes. John has already won more big bike races than Joey. So 26 vs 22 is a bit more complex than you think. I don't think any TT win is easy. But some are easier than others. Don't take this the wrong way, Joey is the best road racer I ever saw, but John comes close and you have to be careful when comparing total wins, it isn't all superbike race wins.


June 10, 2015 10:23 PM

That's a bit harsh. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. Did you ever watch the 125 or 250 TTs (or 400), especially in the old days of strokers? Very often only a few people with a bike capable of winning. True of most grids. Moreover the lap times are much faster than the strokers ever were.

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