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McGuinness second quickest in Isle of Man TT qualifying

Honda Racing rider John McGuinness leads Bruce Anstey at Ballacraine during opening qualifying at the 2014 Isle of Man TT. Picture:  Pacemaker Press International

Honda Racing rider John McGuinness leads Bruce Anstey at Ballacraine during opening qualifying at the 2014 Isle of Man TT. Picture: Pacemaker Press International

John McGuinness was second fastest in Tuesday’s qualifying for the Isle of Man TT, with New Zealander Bruce Anstey setting the early pace.

McGuinness, riding his 1000cc Honda Racing Fireblade, lapped at 129.395mph, but it was Kiwi Anstey who was quickest, recording an impressive lap of 130.860mph around the Mountain Course.

McGuinness was first to complete a lap at 127.578, followed by Anstey (128.630) and Michael Dunlop (129.032) with Conor Cummins and Michael Rutter also over the 128mph mark.

The pace really quickened second time around though with Anstey going to the top of the leaderboard with his near 131mph lap.

Guy Martin went third quickest behind Anstey and McGuinness with a lap of 129.164mph with the top six completed by Dunlop (129.032), Rutter (128.728) and Cummins (128.719).

McGuinness had got his 2014 Isle of Man TT campaign underway in fine style on Monday evening when the 20-times winner set the second fastest lap of the opening practice session.

The Morecambe Missile took his 1000cc Honda Racing Fireblade round at 126.335mph to post the second fastest time in the Superbike class, just behind fellow Honda rider Anstey.

After two laps on the Superbike, John then switched to the 600cc Valvoline Racing/Padgetts Honda and, despite encountering traffic on his third lap, a speed of 118.672mph ensured he took second on the Supersport class leaderboard 
too.

 

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