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Isle of Man TT Senior TT race report - June 8th 2007

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    Dunlop had plenty of reasons to celebrate this morning as supported rider John McGuinness clinched victory in the Senior TT race and smashed the average lap speed of 129.45mph he set in 2006. The Morecambe rider led the six-lap race from start to finish to earn his place as one of the most successful TT riders in the event's history.

    A good start from the line enabled 34-year-old McGuinness to open up a ten-second advantage on fellow Dunlop rider Guy Martin by the second lap. The Lancashire rider then recorded his record-breaking average lap speed of 130.354mph on the second circuit, before further increasing his lead to 23s.

    Although a determined Martin was able to shave McGuinness' lead to 17s by Glen Helen on the third lap, the Kirmington rider couldn't match the blistering speeds of the HM Plant Honda Racing CBR1000RR Fireblade. The Dunlop duo were clearly intent on claiming podium honours in the final TT event of the year and had broken away from the chasing Hondas of Ian Hutchinson and Ian Lougher by lap four.

    McGuinness celebrated his 13th TT victory with a wheelie past the chequered flag. His race time of 1:46:44.23 was also a new record. Martin and Hutchinson completed the second and third steps of the podium to make it another 1-2-3 result for Dunlop.

    McGuinness' victory in the Senior TT is a fantastic end to the Centenary TT for the British tyre manufacturer. Its success on the island proves the capabilities of its Triple Tread Compound technology, which is now available to road riders in the new GP Racer and Qualifier RR tyres.