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John McGuinness Claims 18th Isle of Man TT Win - Web Exclusive

The rider from Morecambe, GB led from the start of the six-lap, 226-mile race.

Greg Emmerson
Jun 6, 2012 SHARE
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Having qualified fastest, Honda TT Legend John McGuinness took his 18th victory at the legendary Isle of Man TT race in the first Superbike race of the week-long TT event.

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The rider from Morecambe, GB led from the start of the six-lap, 226-mile race but briefly dropped into third before regaining the lead. McGuinness then widened the gap over his competitors on each lap, aided by two quick pit stops by the Honda TT Legends crew.

By the end of lap five, McGuinness built up a 14sec lead over Cameron Donald (team-mate to McGuinness in World Endurance racing), while fellow Honda rider Bruce Anstey passed Guy Martin to take third.

The final lap went smoothly for McGuinness, leaving him to cross the finish line first, claiming his 18th Isle of Man TT win, and his seventh in the Superbike class (formerly the Formula 1 class).

McGuinness was joined on the podium by Donald (Wilson Craig Racing) and Anstey (Padgett’s MMCG Racing) to make up a Honda 1-2-3.Today’s victory takes Honda’s tally of TT wins to 161 – 58 of which have been won by the Honda TT Legends team.

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Simon Andrews, the team-mate of McGuinness in the Honda TT Legends team suffered a high-speed crash on lap one. He was conscious but taken to hospital where x-rays showed a cracked shoulder, broken wrist and broken ankle on his previously injured right leg. Fortunately, the ridr was reported to be in good spirits and required no further surgery to the clean breaks to his wrist and ankle. He was due to be discharged from hospital within the next couple of days.

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