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McGuinness seals 21st Isle of Man win in TT Zero

John McGuinness (Mugen Shinden) celebrates on the podium with teammate Bruce Anstey and third placed Rob Barber after winning the TT Zero race. Picture: Pacemaker Press International

John McGuinness (Mugen Shinden) celebrates on the podium with teammate Bruce Anstey and third placed Rob Barber after winning the TT Zero race. Picture: Pacemaker Press International

John McGuinness won his 21st Isle of Man TT race with victory in Wednesday morning’s TT Zero.

Having qualified fastest for the race on electric bikes the Morecambe Missile turned his excellent pace into a race win with a lap record of 117.366mph on the Mugen Shinden bike.

It had been a difficult week for the TT great due a wrist injury but the victory moves him within five of Joey Dunlop’s record of 26 wins on the Mountain Course.

McGuinness was always in the lead and came home 23.3 seconds clear of team-mate Bruce Anstey. Rob Barber, on the Ohio State University Buckeye machine, took third.

With dry conditions all round the course, despite dark clouds looming overhead, McGuinness, number one on the road, swept through Glen Helen 4.9s clear of Anstey with Robert Wilson over a minute adrift in third.

His advantage over Barber was only slight though at just 7.5s.

Through Ballaugh the Morecambe ace had almost doubled his lead and went through the Sulby speed trap at 154.3mph.

McGuinness was clearly in control, increasing his lead at every timing point, and by Ramsey Hairpin it was up to 11.8s and unless Anstey was operating a different strategy and planning on a quicker run up and down the Mountain, the win was seemingly his.

The resort rider added another seven seconds to his lead at the Bungalow and as he swept along Glencrutchery road, he completed the lap at a brilliant 117.366mph (19:17.300), the first official lap under 20 minutes for an electric bike around the mountain course, shattering Michael Rutter’s lap record of 20:38.461 (109.675mph) set in last year’s race by over a minute.

 

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