There was podium joy for Northern Ireland riders Michael Dunlop and Ryan Farquhar in yesterday’s four-lap Royal London 360 Superstock race, but it wasn’t enough to stop Morecambe maestro John McGuinness taking his second win of TT 2012 and his 19th career win on the Isle of Man.
A late charge from Michael Dunlop — who was as low as ninth place on the first circuit — with a lap of 129.25mph, helped him overhaul Farquhar for second place, but the KMR Kawasaki pilot was delighted with his podium finish after an oil leak caused him problems on the final lap.
The race win completes the set for Honda TT Legends rider McGuinness, being his first ever Superstock win on the Island, and he was visibly delighted.
“That was a tough race, but it’s the bike I ride all the time in the British championship and I really wanted that win,” said McGuinness.
Hugging team owner Clive Padgett in the winner’s enclosure the jubilant McGuinness (right) added: “I love Clive to bits.
“He’s not just a sponsor he’s a friend, as are all the Padgett family.
“I was up for the fight tonight and I hope the fans enjoyed that all around the circuit as much as I did.”
McGuinness had a worrying last lap, short shifting his thirsty Honda Fireblade over the Mountain, explaining: “I was really panicking as I was running out of fuel and rode that last lap over the Mountain like the district nurse!”
McGuinness led all four laps through the start/finish timing beam, but Dungannon’s Ryan Farquhar held on valiantly in the early stages, and actually led McGuinness at Ramsey Hairpin on lap one.
After the pit stop at the end of lap two McGuinness pushed the gap out to four seconds over Ryan, with Bruce Anstey in third and Michael Dunlop up to fourth with a lap of 128.235mph. At the end of the penultimate lap, Farquhar’s lead over new third placed man Dunlop was some 10 seconds, but with an oil leak to deal with and Dunlop about to post the fastest lap of the race — the Dungannon man had to settle for third place at the chequered flag.
“After all the grief we’ve had this week I’m delighted with third place,” Farquhar said.
“I was really enjoying it out there.
“I could see John in front of me all the way to the pit stop, but the sweat started to run into my eyes and the sun was becoming a problem in a few places. We also had that oil leak and my feet slipped off the pegs a few times, but take nothing away from John and Michael.”
Second placed man Dunlop wasn’t too ecstatic at finishing second and poked fun at McGuinness in the press conference saying: “Would you not just clear off and give the rest of us a chance!”
Bruce Anstey, Guy Martin and James Hillier completed the top six.
William Dunlop retired at the end of lap two while disputing 12th place, suffering pain from the ankle injury he sustained at the NW200 last month.
Crumlin’s Stephen Thompson was another retirement, this time at Ballacraine.
Adrian Archibald and Davy Morgan were 15th and 18th respectively and Karl Harris was again the top newcomer finishing 27th.