McGuinness’ tough start to Isle of Man TT continues

John McGuinness sweeps through Creg ny Baa during Monday's Supersport race at the 2014 Isle of Man TT. Picture: Pacemaker Press International

John McGuinness sweeps through Creg ny Baa during Monday's Supersport race at the 2014 Isle of Man TT. Picture: Pacemaker Press International

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Morecambe Missile John McGuinness endured another tough day on the second day of racing at the 2014 Isle of Man TT on Monday.

A combination of his wrist injury and damp roads on the Mountain Course restricted the 20-time winner on the island to 15th place in the opening Supersport race.

Held over four laps of the Mountain Course, the race was delayed by more than three hours due to overnight rain and fog and an opening lap of 121.706mph on the Valvoline Racing/Padgetts Honda meant McGuinness was in the unfamiliar position of 17th place.

Overhauled on the roads by James Hillier, the Honda rider increased his pace to 122.789mph second time around which moved him up the order to 15th and, with rain falling over sections of the Mountain, he remained there for the rest of the race having finished seventh in the festival’s opening Superbike race on Saturday.

The race was won by Gary Johnson with Bruce Anstey second and Superbike winner Michael Dunlop third.

McGuinness said: “Despite all my years of racing here, it was hard to read the conditions over the Mountain and I couldn’t tell how wet it was.

“The rain was hitting my visor and screen so I gave it the benefit of doubt and backed off a bit. I thought I may have been able to do a better job today but the lads are riding the 600s so hard now I’m not really sure how I managed to lap at more than 127mph last year.

“I seem to be going through the motions a bit at the moment but I had an honest race and did the best I could on the day.”

Although the four-lap Superstock race was moved back to Tuesday afternoon, McGuinness was able to complete his day with a practice lap on the Mugen Shinden in preparation for Wednesday’s TT Zero race and posted a stunning lap of 115.60mph, almost six miles per hour quicker than the class lap record set twelve months ago.

He said: “The Zero bike is a completely different proposition and with it not pulling you all over the place, it’s a joy to ride and reminds me of my 250cc days.

“It’s an honour and a pleasure to ride the bike and it put a smile back on my face this afternoon.

“To lap at more than 115mph is amazing and takes us into unchartered territory but there’s still more to come.

“The progress being made and the leaps forward are astonishing so I’m looking forward to the race on Wednesday.”

The Superstock race starts at 12.15pm on Tuesday with McGuinness riding the Valvoline Racing/Padgetts Honda.