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Classic TT 2016: John McGuinness takes his maiden Senior Classic TT win

  • PUBLISHED SAT 20:13, 27 AUG 2016
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  • BY RAN DAVIES
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  • UPDATED SUN 20:18, 28 AUG 2016
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  • BY RAN DAVIES

Twenty-three time TT Race winner John McGuinness, riding the Team Winfield Paton, won his first Classic TT Race in today's Senior Classic TT Race on the Isle of Man.

McGuinness and Dean Harrison, on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta, were separated by fractions of a second on the opening two laps before a decisive late pit strategy by Team Winfield eventually saw McGuinness take the win by twenty seconds.

Speaking from the winner's enclosure at the end of the race, McGuinness said:

“We've been trying hard for the last four years which have been really frustrating but we've got it now.  It was nip and tuck all the way with the young fella. I thought I might be able to get a lead and ease off but no chance. It's been mega, I've really enjoyed it. I've had to really learn to ride the bike, keep the momentum. It's like riding a 250 round here.”

Photo: Ran Davies

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McGuinness and Dean Harrison, on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta, were separated by fractions of a second on the opening two laps before a decisive late pit strategy by Team Winfield eventually saw McGuinness take the win by twenty seconds.

Speaking from the winner's enclosure at the end of the race, McGuinness said:

“We've been trying hard for the last four years which have been really frustrating but we've got it now.  It was nip and tuck all the way with the young fella. I thought I might be able to get a lead and ease off but no chance. It's been mega, I've really enjoyed it. I've had to really learn to ride the bike, keep the momentum. It's like riding a 250 round here.”

Photo: Ran Davies

Conor Cummins was reported to have retired at Quarry Bends which saw Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Matchless moving into the top five at Ramsey where Harrison had extended his lead to 0.3 seconds while Ian Lougher, riding the late entry John Chapman Racing RC181 Honda was reported to have retired at Union Mills on his opening lap.

McGuinness set a new lap record for the class on the opening lap 112.043 (20:12.289), which he held for less than a minute with Harrison clocking 112.077 (20:11.094), giving the Bradford rider a lead of 0.366 seconds.  Maria Costello held third place with her opening lap of 107.499 (21:03.530) but was already over 50 seconds behind the leading pair.

That remained the top three at the end of the second lap, but with Harrison having opened up a lead of over a second earlier in the lap, McGuinness ate into the lead and set a new lap record of 113.342mph (19:58.394) for the class. 

With Harrison slowing down coming into the pits, posting a second lap of 112.830/ 20:03.826, McGuinness established a lead of five seconds at the Grandstand at the end of the second lap with Costello third with her second lap of 107.846/ 20:59.462.

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Meanwhile Rutter had moved up into fourth place by Ballaugh on his second lap ahead of fifth placed Oversby.  However, it was clear that Rutter had machine issues as he came in to the pits and he duly retired at the end of the second lap. 

Harrison's pit of 46.973 seconds put the Yorkshire rider almost a minute behind McGuinness at Glen Helen on the third lap.  Alan Oversby, like McGuinness, elected to run straight through at the end of his second lap, and edged in front of Costello on corrected time. 

McGuinness came in to the pits at the end of the third lap, with a 'splash and dash' stop of 40.218 seconds which meant that his lead over Harrison was down to just over twenty seconds at Ballaugh on the last lap once the pit stops had unravelled.  However, the Morecambe rider maintained the gap with a last lap 108.196/ 20:55.385 to win his first Classic TT Race title by twenty-one seconds in a new race record of 111.559mph/ 1:21.10.189/ from Harrison (111.070/ 1:21.31.627). 

With Oversby coming in to the pits at the end of his third lap Costello duly moved back into the final podium place, which she clinched with a final lap of 108.686, which gave her an overall race time of 106.799/ 1:24.47.253.

James Cowton, due to start 19, set off from the back of the field on the Dave Kennah Racing Norton following machine issues, made a huge effort to get to 6th place before retiring on his third lap at Signpost Corner.

Dom Herbertson finished as the leading privateer in 6th place on the Herbertson Racing Honda in a time of 104.499mph/ 1:26.39.213.

Hefyn Owen riding the Owen Racing 500 Matchless is currently the leading contender for the Peter Williams Trophy, which was created by Rob Ianucci, an enthusiast for AJS and Matchless race bikes made from a titanium conrod from the iconic 'Wagonwheels' machine.

The trophy is awarded to the highest placed AJS or Matchless rider in either the Junior or Senior Classic TT races.  All eyes will be on Monday's Okells Junior Classic TT Race to see if Owen's 11th placed finish proves decisive.

 

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