McGuinness ends season on high in Qatar

John McGuiness.'Pictures by Honda Racing.

John McGuiness.'Pictures by Honda Racing.

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MORECAMBE’S John McGuinness completed his World Endurance Championship season on Saturday with a fine fifth place at the final round in Qatar.

Riding this time with Glen Richards and Keith Amor, the Honda TT Legends team were on the pace throughout and, after qualifying in ninth place, they were able to advance significantly forward in the eight-hour race to secure their third fifth place finish of the year.

After a solid start in first practice, all three riders improved their times in the second and final qualifying session with each getting 30 minutes of track time around the 3.43-mile Doha circuit.

The team’s overall combined time of 2m03.381s was good enough to qualify them in ninth place overall.

When the race got underway on Saturday afternoon, Richards set a blistering pace in the first stint, taking numerous places and John was able to consolidate the team’s position.

Indeed, they were lying in third as he handed over to Amor and over the next few hours positions changed frequently.

See The Visitor (15-11-11) for full story.