TT 2011: ‘You can’t win them all’ - McGuinness

McGuinness on his way through Churchtown in the Superstock race
McGuinness on his way through Churchtown in the Superstock race Picture: Tony Goldsmith

John McGuinness was back on the podium on the second day of the racing at the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races when he finished secnd in Monday evening’s four-lap Superstock race.

Riding the Padgetts Honda’s, the Morecambe ace also took fifth in the earlier Supersport race to extend his lead in the overall TT Championship to 10 points but said that at the TT, you can’t expect to win them all.

The Supersport race was initially halted on the 2nd lap due to an incident and the re-run was shortened to three laps, an opening lap of 123.652mph placing John in seveth. With the shorter distance, riders would stop for fuel at either the end of the first or second lap and John decided to pit at the end of the first and by the time he completed his second lap, he’d moved up a spot to sxth.

With the third and final lap being the only flying lap of the race, John circulated at high speed with fellow Honda rider Keith Amor and, aided by his best ever 600cc lap of the Mountain Course - 126.226mph - he was able to move up to 5th at the chequered flag.

Later in the day, the four-lap Superstock race got underway and it was another hard fought race with just one second separating the leading four riders half way round the opening lap. Never outside the top three, an opening speed of 127.545mph placed John in third, just three seconds off the pace setting Michael Dunlop and he maintained this position second time around, closing to within two seconds of second place man Guy Martin.

A super pit stop saw him overhaul his Suzuki rival though and with his final lap being 128.614mph, he was able to come home in second place for his 31st TT podium.

"I’ve had two really enjoyable races today and the Padgetts bikes are two of the best I’ve ever ridden. The chassis on the 600 is excellent and it was one of my best rides in the Supersport class around here. When Keith caught me, I just glued myself to his back wheel and we had a lot of fun riding around together," said McGuinness.

"I had no problems in the race and it’s just a really good little package so I was thoroughly pleased with the end result, especially the 126mph+ lap, my best ever on a 600cc bike. I did manage to hit two more birds though so the local wildlife is still getting in my way!

"The Superstock was another great race and when Clive (Padgett) said to me on the line to give it some gas, that’s exactly what I did! I didn’t have the pace to run with Michael, he was riding really well so fair play to him, but you can’t win them all and it’s my 31st podium so I’m not complaining.

"I’ve been competitive on both bikes and I’ve had three finishes from my three races so far and the week’s going well. I don’t know what I’ve done wrong though as I hit another bird in the Superstock race and I’ve never hit so many during a TT fortnight, the Isle of Man wildlife community has really got it in for me this week!

"Some of it started cooking on the exhaust and they say Hondas have wings but it was reality for me as there were bits of it everywhere! We’ll just look forward to the rest of the week now and hope for two more good, clean rides."

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