Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness has made an ominous start to legendary road race meeting after lapping at 128mph on Monday evening.

The 17-times TT winner blasted around the 37.73-mile Mountain course at 128.266mph to throw down the gauntlet to the pretenders to his throne on his Honda TT Legends Fireblade.

McGuinness, the outright lap record holder at the TT at 131.587mph, could not have made a bigger statement at the start of practice week as he sets his sights on retaining the Superbike and Senior trophies.

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The 40-year-old completed an opening lap of 111.23mph on his superbike before returning to the pits to make adjustments to the rear shock.

He then upped the pace to 126.116mph before increasing the ante on his third lap on the CBR1000RR to 128mph, leaving him at the top of the superbike times by over 15 seconds from Australia's Cameron Donald, who managed an average speed of 126.379mph.

Bruce Anstey was third fastest on Clive Padgett's Honda at 125.306mph, followed by Simon Andrews on the second Honda Legends machine at 124.772mph.

James Hillier on the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki (124.407mph) and Gary Johnson on the second Padgetts Honda (124.174mph) completed the top six.

McGuinness said: "It's very early days, but it's a solid start so we'll just keep doing what we're doing and hope to continue in the same vein.

"I'm always a bit nervous for the first evening of practice and this year was no different. The weather on the Island's been superb and I've just been chilling out for a few days, but the nerves crept in as I got ready to take the big Superbike out.

"The plan was to get two laps in straightaway, but not far into the first lap I could tell the bike wasn't right so I cruised round and pulled in to the pits, which allowed the boys to change the rear shock absorber," he added.

"After a steady lap on the 'stocker, I went back out for two laps on the Superbike and it felt better so I had a bit of a go and managed to get two good laps in.

"The biggest problem was the sun and at places like Appledene and Greeba Bridge, as well as a couple of spots over the Mountain, it was really treacherous, so I had to be really cautious."

Guy Martin, who escaped without injury after crashing during the superbike race at the Pre-TT Classic meeting on the Billown circuit on Monday afternoon while battling for the lead, was seventh fastest on the Tyco Suzuki at 124.127mph.

Northern Ireland's Michael Dunlop was next on the Hunts Motorcycles/McAdoo Fireblade (123.871mph) ahead of fellow countryman Ryan Farquhar on the KMR Kawasaki at 123.153mph.

MSS Bathams Kawasaki's Michael Rutter (123.132mph) completed the top ten, with Ian Hutchinson 11th quickest on the Swan Yamaha on his return to the TT after a year's absence through injury.

Hutchinson lapped at 123.025mph on the WSB-spec YZF-R1.

William Dunlop (122.904mph) led the Supersport session on Wilson Craig's Honda from team-mate Cameron Donald (121.442mph).

Simon Andrews (124.772mph) was credited with the fastest Superstock time on the Honda TT Legends machine.

Northern Ireland's Jamie Hamilton (112.688mph) was the fastest newcomer on Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki, with former BSB rider Karl Harris lapping at 109.935mph on the SMT Honda.