|TT Superbike Race Saturday June 3rd 2006|
Author: Department of Tourism and Leisure
Posted on: Saturday, Jun 03 2006
|TT Superbike Race
Saturday June 3rd 2006
John McGuinness took his total of Isle of
Man TT victories to nine when he led virtually from start to finish to win
todays Jester Interactive Superbike race on his Honda Fireblade, in the
process setting new lap and race records as well as a new outright lap record.
McGuinness also won the race last year. His winning time was 1 hour 48 minutes
52.06 seconds, an average speed of 124.764 miles an hour.
Honda Fireblade, was second, 39 seconds down on McGuinness with Ian Hutchinson,
Kawasaki, a further 23 seconds away in third position. It was Hutchinsons
first podium finish.
Fourth to sixth were Martin Finnegan, Australian
Cameron Donald and Jason Griffiths.
The race was run in brilliant
sunshine on just about the hottest day of the year in the Island in fact
riders had been warned to watch out for melting tar on one stretch of the
It didnt take long for McGuinness to break his own
outright lap record. His first lap time of 17 minutes 42.52 gave him a speed of
127.835 and a 12 seconds lead over Ian Hutchinson who had a marginal advantage
over third placed Ian Lougher. Fourth to sixth at the end of lap one were
Martin Finnegan, Jason Griffiths and Paul Hunt.
One of the earliest
retirements was that of Bruce Anstey, who was third on the practice
leaderboard. However, unlucky Bruce only made it as far as Crosby little
more than four miles from the start before being forced to call it a
Guy Martin, who was second fastest in practice didnt make it
much further than Anstey and his race ended with retirement at Sulby Bridge
while Adrian Archibald retired at the pits at the end of the first lap. This
meant that three of the biggest threats to McGuinness were out of contention
with the race little more than 20 minutes old.
completed his second lap the news came through that he had again broken the
absolute lap record with a speed of 127.93 and that included slowing up
As a result, McGuinness had extended his lead to 22 seconds
over Lougher who had taken over second position from Hutchinson.
halfway point in the race the gap between McGuinness and Lougher was still 22
seconds, the latter enjoying an 11 seconds advantage over Hutchinson.
Finnegan, Griffiths and Hunt were still occupying the next three places
with Cameron Donald starting to close the gap
The first three
maintained their positions over the next two laps but Donald, on a charge, was
now up to fifth.
McGuinness started his last lap with a lead of 38
seconds over Lougher and increased this slightly over the final 37 miles.
Best newcomer was Californian Jeremy Toye who finished in 26th
position, winning a bronze replica.
There were 73 starters and 56
1. John McGuinness, Honda, 1
2. Ian Lougher, Honda, 1 49.31.20 (124.021);
3. Ian Hutchinson 1 49 54.61 (123.580).
There were no major
Barry Wood suffered shoulder injuries in a spill at the 11th
milestone while Chris Petty went to Nobles Hospital with an arm injury
after coming off at Keppel Gate.
There was no change in the condition
of the two riders injured in Monday nights collision just outside Union
Mills. Seamus Greene was said to be still critical, with Jun Maeda described as
stable. Sidecar passenger James Cornell, who was injured in
Saturday nights practice, remains critical.
There was better news
regarding the condition of three other competitors.
Medical bulletins said
that sidecar driver Dave Molyneux and solo riders Robbie Silvester and Keith
Stewart were comfortable in Nobles Hospital.
The links below lead to pdf files, so you will need Adobe to
Superbike Lap 1
Superbike Lap 3
Superbike Race Stats
Time - 17 mins 41.71 secs. Fastest Lap Speed - 127.933mph
Total Lap Count
376, Total Mileage - 14186.48,
Replicas Awarded - Silver (1.54. 18.66) -15
& Bronze (126.96.36.199) - 25
Fastest Rider - John McGuinness Lap Number
NEW LAP AND RACE RECORDS
Finishers 56 Non Starters
14 Retirements 17 Total 87
Manufacturers Team Award - Honda
3 John McGuinness
9 Ian Lougher
6 Martin Finnegan
Club Team Award - Darley Moor
3 John McGuinness
45 Jim Hodson
29 Jeremy Toye
& 47 Tim Poole
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