Classic TT: McGuinness shatters records for Senior win

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John McGuinness took victory in yesterday’s Bennetts Senior Classic TT after three years of trying with the Roger Winfield Paton.

McGuinness has been the man to beat in the 500cc class for the last four years, but mechanical problems have ruled him out of taking the win on each occasion. However, with everything running smooth for the 2016 race, the Morecambe Missile took victory in style to set a new lap and race record. Lapping the 37.73-mile mountain course with a fastest lap of 113.342mph, McGuinness crossed the line some 20 seconds ahead of Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta.


McGuinness was quick to establish an early lead over closest rival Harrison, but the Yorkshire lad was determined not to let his elder statesman out of his sights with the duo almost inseparable at the end of two laps, but a late pit strategy from Harrison and his MV Agusta team saw McGuinness stretch out the time he needed to win. 

Maria Costello tucked in to an early third place which she would maintain to the line, with Jamie Coward fourth for Ted Wood Norton ahead of Alan Oversby on the Davies Motorsport Honda. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing