John McGuinness nursed Superstock bike to 19th TT victory

05th June 2012
Fears of running out of fuel made the conclusion of Monday’s Royal London 360 Superstock race a tension-packed affair for winner John McGuinness.

The Morecambe star revealed he had been nursing his Padgetts Honda home in the closing stages to ensure he had enough petrol to reach the end.

The caution paid off as McGuinness crossed the line 7.8 seconds clear of Michael Dunlop to take his first Superstock win at the TT, and his 19th TT win overall.

He said:

“The Superstock race was really tough, but I concentrated really hard and having come close before, I really, really wanted it today. It was close early on and I pushed and pushed as hard as I could, but I had a major scare on the second lap when the bike started to run low on fuel.”

“I had to nurse the bike home over the last few miles and I’m surprised I didn’t lose much time. I had a bit of a buffer and was able to ease away in the final two laps and then take it steady over the Mountain for the last time just to make sure we had enough fuel to get home.”

“I was able to use my experience and make sure I didn't over rev the bike, short shifted where I could and after chasing a Superstock win for a long time, I've finally done it and it means a lot.”

McGuinness added:

“It’s the bike I ride in the British Championships and, deep down, I felt that this would be my best ever chance in the Superstock race so it feels fantastic to finally do it.”

“It was certainly tough and the sun was a real issue, especially through Greeba, Appledene and Gorse Lea, but we managed to do it and it’s superb.”

“The Padgetts aren't just my sponsors, they are my good friends too so to give them another win is brilliant, whilst with a Dunlop 1-2-3, it's been a good race for all the people I've been heavily involved with for a good few years.”

“Earlier in the day, I was pleased with the end result of 4th in the Supersport race, but I just didn't go hard enough in the first couple of laps. I think the first signal I got said 'P8', but after the pit stop I picked the pace up although it was a little bit too late.”

“I was happy enough though and with two wins and a fourth so far, the week's going well so let's hope it continues.”

The 4-lap Royal London 360 Superstock race at the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy got under way at 6.30pm and with an opening lap of 128.055mph, McGuinness was leading the race.

However, Ryan Farquhar was only 0.17s behind in 2nd, and there was still little to choose between the two riders half way round the second lap. Slowly but surely, McGuinness began to eke out a bit of a gap and, despite having a scare with a lack of fuel towards the end of the lap, he came into the pits with a lead of 3.99s over Farquhar.

With his usual rapid pit stop, and a good third lap, the lead shot up for McGuinnness, and going into the final lap his lead over Farquhar was in excess of 12 seconds.

In the final miles, McGuinness was able to control his lead and, taking extra care on the drop down the Mountain to conserve fuel, he won the race from Dunlop, who relegated Farquhar to third on the final lap.

Earlier in the day, in the 4-lap Monster Energy Supersport 1 race, McGuinness set an opening lap on the 600cc Padgetts Honda of 124.405mph to slot into 8th, albeit just 6 seconds adrift of 2nd.

Increasing his pace second time around to 125.099mph, McGuinness moved up to 7th, but it was still close with 6 seconds between the 3rd and 8th. With Michael Dunlop retiring and Dan Kneen crashing, fortunately without serious injury, McGuinness moved up the order, and with Farquhar and early leader Gary Johnson running out of fuel on the last lap, McGuinness was able to take 4th.

McGuinness is due to be back in action on Wednesday, in the second Monster Energy Supersport TT.

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