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John McGuinness speeds to record in real style

Morecambe's John McGuinness took his 21st victory at the Isle of Man TT when he won yesterday's TT Zero race in record breaking style.

Riding the Mugen Shinden in the race for electric-powered machines, McGuinness led from start to finish in the one lap encounter and set a stunning new lap record of 117.366mph.

Despite a low number of entries, the race was expected to see McGuinness go head to head with team-mate Bruce Anstey but as early as Glen Helen, nine miles into the lap, McGuinness was edging away from the Kiwi with his lead already 4.9sec.

Indeed, at every single timing point he increased his advantage and eventually took his 21st win and 42nd TT podium — by a commanding 23.3sec, his new lap record a staggering one minute and 21 seconds inside the old mark.

Carrying a wrist injury into the event, McGuinness then opted out of yesterday’s Supersport Race 2, but was delighted with his electric bike success

“The Zero bike takes a lot less out of me as I’m not having to wrestle it around so much,” he explained.

“But I wasn’t hanging around and I was probably going through the corners 10-15mph quicker than what I was taking them on the Superbike!

“The bike was phenomenal and although it’s a shame there wasn’t more bikes out there, I gave it a really good go.”

Yesterday’s postponed Sidecar Race 2 will now take place today from 12.15pm.

It will be followed by a one lap final qualifying session for tomorrow’s Senior TT at 2.00pm, with the Lightweight class being afforded two qualifying laps from 2.30pm.

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