McGuinness wins TT Zero

John McGuinness on his way to winning the SES TT Zero on Wednesday morning, his 21st TT victory (Photo: Dave Kneale)

John McGuinness on his way to winning the SES TT Zero on Wednesday morning, his 21st TT victory (Photo: Dave Kneale)

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John McGuinness smashed the lap record as he claimed his 21st TT victory in the SES TT Zero on Wednesday morning.

The one-lap electric bike race got the midweek proceedings underway with 10 machines taking to the startline and, having repeatedly raised the bar in practices with the fastest laps swapping between McGuinness and Bruce Anstey in qualifying, records were expected to be shattered.

McGuinness, riding for Team Mugen Shinden, was first off the line and led from start to finish to move to within just five wins of the great Joey Dunlop’s all-time record of 26 TT victories.

Aboard the high-tech powered Mugen Shinden bike, the Morecambe Missile held off the challenge of team-mate Anstey to win the clean emissions race by 23.325 seconds in a lap speed of 117.366mph, shattering Michael Rutter’s effort of 109.675mph on his way to victory in 2013.

After initial confusion when Robert Wilson was thought to have finished third, Team Sarolea Racing’s Rob Barber was awarded the final step on the podium by fractions of a second.

Full report in this week’s Manx Independent and the third edition of TT News, on sale Thursday morning.

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