Results Senior TT, TT Festival, Isle of Man2007-06-08 04:35
John McGuinness and Honda Fireblade complete magic double with Senior TT victory
John McGuinness provided a scorching climax to the Isle of Man Centenary TT Festival as he won the prestigious Senior race at record breaking pace for Honda as the Japanese marque repeated their 1-2-3 finish of the opening Superbike race. Riding the HM Plant liveried Honda Fireblade McGuinness was 30 plus seconds ahead of Hydrex Honda rider Guy Martin at the finish with Ian Hutchinson third for HM Plant Honda.
Lancastrian McGuinness had ridden brilliantly around the 37.73 mile
Mountain Course, setting a furious pace from the off as he blasted
his HM Plant Honda into the opening lap, increasing his own outright
record in the process, although there was better to come from him
with an astonishing second lap at an average speed of 130.354mph.
Making that all the more incredible was that McGuinness had to ease
off somewhat, as he slowed down to pit, and take on fuel and have a
rear wheel change. He was running rampant, rejoining the action and
increasing his lead, mile by mile, as he shrugged aside the challenge
of Guy Martin with Ian Hutchinson running a, by now, distant third.
McGuinness confirmed his mastery of the Mountain, opening up his
advantage mile by mile on his high-speed dash around the Island, to
take the victory by 32.73 seconds from Martin who had been slowed a
little in the final third by the drive chain jumping on the sprocket.
"Absolutely unbelievable. To beat the 130mph mark is just fantastic.
It's just amazing. The bike was perfect throughout and I gave it
everything all of the way. I was trying really hard, and I had a
great team around me, and they delivered the goods with the
pit-stops," enthused McGuinness who had won, and elevated the
outright record a century from the pioneering first Senior race
victory taken by Charlie Collier at a more leisurely 38.22mph.
"People say to me, you've got the best bike, but you have still got
to ride it and get the best out of it. I really enjoyed the race and
I am so proud to have won this special race. It's been great. The
Superbike race win meant a lot, this one even more," add the race winner.
"When I was an apprentice bricklayer I never thought that I would be
racing here, let alone being here to win 13 races. It is just an
incredible feeling - the job's a good one."
McGuinness however is considering his future in the event. "I might
just hang up my leathers - I've got the same feeling that I had last
year after winning these two races. What else do I have to prove?
"I've been coming here eleven times but enjoy riding the course.
We'll just have to see but I am thinking about not coming back - I've
ridden my heart out all week, finishing in the top three in all
races." He had capped a remarkable week, in which he had also taken
second placings in both the Supersport and Superstock events.
Martin, a distant second, vowed for better things next year, as he
finished well clear of Hutchinson, aboard the second HM Plant Honda
and Stobart Honda rider Ian Lougher.
Martin said: "I learned a lot from the first race this week and I was
able to hold my own. On the fourth lap the chain was jumping the
sprocket a little and I thought it would be better when I changed
wheels at the end of the lap. Unfortunately the chain had stretched
too much. After that I concentrated on getting my braking points and
gear changes correct. Anyway its been a good week and I have to thank
my team for that. I'm probably not ready to win a TT yet. I have a
great respect for John McGuinness and for my team."
Ian Hutchinson completed a successful TT with another fine podium
place in the Senior race. He said: "I'm pleased to have finished on
the podium in every race. I've struggled a bit with the Superbike I'd
like to thank Honda and the team for giving me the opportunity to
race some special bikes and it's great we achieved another Honda
1-2-3. I am very pleased to have been part of this Centenary TT festival."
Adrian Archibald finished fifth giving the Relentless Suzuki team
some reward, as their other rider Bruce Anstey had pitted after the
first lap complaining of handling problems. Local rider Conor
Cummins, riding Yamaha, took sixth place, ahead of top newcomer Steve
Plater. Michael Rutter, Ian Armstrong and James McBride completed the top ten.
The race was marred by an incident on the final lap at Joeys, on the
Mountain section in which a rider and two other people received fatal
injuries. The race organisers will not provide any other details
until all next of kin have been informed.
Source: Honda Pro Image
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