Who's the fastest man today in motorcycle racing? Valentino Rossi? Casey Stoner? Dani Pedrosa? Er... no, it's actually multi-time Isle of Man TT winner, John McGuinness. With all their million-dollar exotica, the highest average lap speed attained by the men of MotoGP is around 205km/h. McGuinness, on his HM Plant Honda Fireblade, did an average lap speed of 209.33km/h around the Dundrod circuit, which is near Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Racing at the 85th Ulster Grand Prix, one of the oldest (and fastest...) motorcycle racing events in the world, McGuinness lapped the 11.84km Dundrod circuit at an average lap speed of 209.33km/h and... was still unable to win! Fellow Honda rider, Guy Martin edged McGuinness out by 0.05 seconds to win the Dundrod 150 Superbike race.
Says McGuinness, 'To be the fastest man around the TT course and now Dundrod, becoming the fastest man in the world in the process, is very satisfying and shows what I can still do!' Wonderful. Casey Stoner vs John McGuinness, anyone? :-)
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