HM Plant Honda rider, John McGuinness has made history. Riding his Honda CBR1000RR, the 34-year-old won the six-lap Superbike race at the 100th Isle of Man TT event yesterday. This was McGuinness’ twelfth victory on the IoM, and Honda’s 131st win there!
Honda riders occupied the top six spots in this race, and McGuinness won with an average speed of 200.88km/h. He says, ‘I got my head down and went for it, riding as hard as I could, though being a bit careful in the damp bits. I had a few moments on the first lap including a big slide at the thirteenth milestone when the back end of the bike came round on me, but I kept it going.’
So how does Mr McGuinness feel after winning the 100th Isle of Man TT Superbike race? ‘It's unbelievable. I'm not getting any younger and they made me work for this one. I'd trained hard all winter to be ready for them and it is well worth it all. I had to ride really hard and gave it everything. To win this race is a tremendous feeling. It will go do in the history books as the first win in the Centenary event and that means an awful lot for me and for Honda – this victory is a testament to their preparation.’
McGuinness is now in third spot in the list of all time TT winners, behind Joey Dunlop (26 wins) and Mike Hailwood (14 wins).
2007 Bennetts Superbike Isle of Man TT Race Results
1. John McGuinness HM Plant Honda
2. Guy Martin Hydrex Honda
3. Ian Hutchinson HM Plant Honda
4. Martin Finnegan Alpha Boilers Honda
5. Ian Lougher Stobart Honda
More details on the Isle of Man website here. Here’s a pre-race interview with the John McGuiness, and you can download this podcast where he speaks about the race.
2007 Isle of Man TT, pre-race video
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