Morecambe Missile John McGuinness has vowed to return to the Isle of Man TT in 2017 to challenge Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson on Honda's new Superbike.

The 44-year-old finished third in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior races for Honda Racing during his 20th year at the event and has claimed a staggering 46 podium finishes during that time, more than any other rider.

McGuinness, who saw his outright lap record of 132.701mph set in last year's Senior race obliterated with a near-134mph lap by Ulsterman Dunlop, had been running as low as ninth place on the first lap of the blue riband race on Friday.

However, he upped his pace on lap two with a speed of 131.782mph and began to mount his challenge for the podium.

After being caught on the road by Tyco BMW rider Hutchinson, who set off at No.4, McGuinness slotted into third place ahead of Kiwi Bruce Anstey on the Valvoline Padgett's Honda MotoGP replica following an excellent pit stop.

He lapped at 132.584mph on his fourth lap on the CBR1000RR to consolidate the final place on the Senior rostrum before circulating with eventual winner Dunlop and runner-up Hutchinson on the final two laps.

McGuinness crossed the line 50 seconds clear of Dean Harrison, who was riding the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki.

The 23-time TT winner said: "I was a bit lazy at the start even though in my head I felt like I was going reasonably well, but when I saw 'P9' on my first board I was beginning to think it wasn't going to be my day.

"Hutchy came by me earlier than what he had done in last Saturday's Superbike race but it woke me up and certainly helped tow me through the pack.

"The team did two awesome pit stops again and I was able to take third half way through the race and consolidate the position from there on in," added McGuinness.

"It's always a relief to finish and I'm proud to be back on the podium with Michael and Ian again. Honda have a new Superbike coming out next year so I'll have to come back for another go."



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