John McGuinness (23 times TT Race champion) has grabbed his 1st classic TT Race title. McGuinness won this title on the Isle of Man in Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race. He has retired in his 3 earlier attempts. He has now set a new lap record of 113.342 miles per hour and a new race record as well. On the opening two laps, McGuinness Dean Harrison, on Black Eagle Racing MV Augusta were separated by a tiny time. However, a late pit strategy by the Team Winfield saw McGuinness win by 20 seconds.
John McGuinness was first away at 11.30 am. He was the first one on the road to Glen Helen. John was also on time at Glen Helen’s first checkpoint. He had successfully established a lead of 1.5 seconds from his competitor Dean Harrison. Conor Cummins (Winfield team-mate) was holding 4th on the 2nd Paton. Alan Oversby on Davies Motorsport was holding fifth. There was a close battle between McGuinness and Harrison at the front of the field. Harrison was moving in front at Ballaugh. He was just 0.62 seconds ahead of John McGuinness. On the other hand, Maria Costello was holding the third place.
Why This Win by McGuinness Is So Special
John sets a new lap record for the class of opening lap at 112.043/ 20:12.289. He held this for less than one minute with Dean Harrison achieving 112.077/ 20:11.094. This provided the Bradford rider with a lead of 0.366 seconds. Maria Costello maintained her 3rd position with an opening lap of 107.499. However, she was more than 50 seconds behind the leaders.
However, this continued to stay the top 3 at the end of 2nd lap. It was at the end of the 3rd lap, John came into the pits. The rider maintained a flash and dash stop of 40.218 seconds. He held the space with the last lap of 108.196 (20:55.385). He has won the title by a time span of twenty one seconds. The rider also sets a new race record of 111.559 miles per hour/ 1:21.10.189.