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TT 2015: The real John McGuinness turned up!

John McGuinness proves he is still the man to beat at the Isle of Man TT with a record-breaking victory in the prestigious Senior TT.
An elated John McGuinness produced a record-breaking performance to win the blue riband PokerStars Senior TT on Friday to clinch the most prestigious trophy in road racing.

The 43-year-old quipped that the 'real John McGuinness turned up today' after shattering the outright lap record with a speed of 132.701mph on his way to his 23rd victory on the Mountain Course and arguably one of his greatest wins as he equalled Mike Hailwood's record of seven Senior successes.

McGuiness, who had 14 seconds in hand on runner-up James Hillier at the finish, said: “It's absolutely incredible, I'm so, so happy. A lot of people had written me off before today and a few things had fired me up including seeing my odds at the bookies were 16-1!

“I've seen all sorts on pit boards this week from P8 to P45 so P1 today looked a lot better. I was mega-determined right from when the flag dropped and the start was mint. I went into Quarter Bridge faster than I've ever gone before, hit all my apexes and braked as late as I could everywhere.

“The first lap felt quick but the second definitely felt quicker and I was trying for sure,” he added.

“I had no moments and everything was perfect but I could feel the bike moving around beneath me like never before. I was definitely finding the limits on that lap but I was relaxed and let the bike to do the work today rather than me.

“When I came into the pits and heard the crowd cheering I guessed something special had happened and all the way round the course on the third lap the crowd were waving and cheering.

“They were absolutely incredible. Conditions were beautiful, the bike was mint and the real John McGuinness turned up today.”

McGuinness had set a new lap record for the Senior race at 131.850mph from a standing start to take the lead before his incredible second lap gave the 43-year-old the outright benchmark after Bruce Anstey became the first rider to crack the 132mph mark in 2014.

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June 12, 2015 9:39 PM

43 132.701 131.850 23 14 16-1 p8-p45:)-p1 Excellent job by John McGuinness, I don't want to detract from the brilliant job done by Hutchy this week but Mcpint and the Honda took him and the Kawasaki to the run off road, to the repair shed and to bitz by 14 seconds. Congratulations to all the racers of many nationalities for this weeks entertainment. Thanx to ITV4 for the highlights. Listened to the race live on the radio and totally enjoyed it, I'll be watching televised motogp this week end and I know or i'm sure half way through the race I'm going to end up thinking errr mmmm ohhh.

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