IOMTT: John McGuinness Strikes First with a 130 MPH Lap

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Mr. McPint continues to raise the bar at the 2012 Isle of Man TT, as the #1 plated Honda TT Legends rider was the first, and so far the only, rider to bust the 130 MPH barrier at this TT fortnight. Doing a 130.079 mph lap on his second time around the Mountain Course for the evening, John McGuinness is looking well on the pace to raise the outright lap record of 131.578 mph (a mark he himself set) during the race week.

Only 12 seconds off the record pace, McGuinness was the only rider to break into the 130 mph region, though the session was cut short because of mist and fog on the mountain, which restricts the visibility of the rescue helicopter, and as such makes running the Mountain Course too dangerous.

On the heels of the winningest living TT racer was Bruce Antsey with a 129.566 mph lap, followed by Cameron Donald (129.075 mph) and Guy Martin (128.866 mph). Practice resumes tomorrow night on the Isle of Man, though the solo-classes are likely to get a reduced amount of time, in order to make up for the sidecars’ lost session this evening.

Source: IOMTT; Photo: © 2012 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0