McGuinness celebrates 20th Isle of Man TT win

John McGuinness (1000 Honda TT Legends) passes through the Bungalow during Friday's Senior TT. Picture: Mark Walters

John McGuinness (1000 Honda TT Legends) passes through the Bungalow during Friday's Senior TT. Picture: Mark Walters

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John McGuinness ended his 2013 Isle of Man TT campaign on a high by picking up a superb 20th victory at the festival of racing in Friday’s Senior race.

The Honda TT Legends rider was in imperious form around the Mountain Course taking the win by 10.1 seconds from team-mate Michael Dunlop, who had won four races earlier in the week.

It was also the Morecambe Missile’s 41st podium in total, taking him past Joey Dunlop’s record of 40.

McGuinness said: “It feels absolutely fantastic to win again and if there’s one race to win, it’s the Senior.

“I’ve had a good week but a win’s escaped me so do it today with the sun shining and thousands of fans waving me all the way is brilliant.

“The conditions were incredible, the bike was fantastic and with two superb pit stops we got the job done. I still feel really sharp and I hit all my apexes on the final lap and I’ve never known a reception like it all the way round the course.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many fans lining the roadside and the Island really is an amazing place.”

The initial race, which got underway at 1pm, was red flagged after a racing incident and so the race was re-run at the later time of 4.30pm and it was Dunlop who led from McGuinness at the end of the opening lap, the gap between the duo just 1.4 seconds.

There was little to choose between the team mates in the early stages but a lap of 131.272mph gave the Morecambe Missile a 2.3 second lead at the end of the second lap as the riders came in for their first pit stop.

McGuinness’ pit crew again excelled at the stop and with another 131mph plus lap on fourth time around, his lead went up to six seconds and it gave him the breathing space he needed.

Circulating at high speed on the roads with Kawasaki rider James Hillier, McGuinness added another four seconds to his lead in the final two laps and he was able to come home for his sixth Senior race victory.