World Superbike testing at Phillip Island came to a close today, and when the dust settled, reigning champion Tom Sykes stamped his authority, setting the fastest time of the test at 1:30.239, just five thousandths shy of the outright lap record held by Carlos Checa. The time was set during the morning session of testing, […]
Isle of Man TT 2012: Superstock TT Results
John McGuinness put another notch in his belt, capturing his 19th career victory in the Isle of Man TT by winning the Royal London 360 Superstock TT race. Despite leading all active racers in TT wins, the Superstock victory was just the first in that category for McGuinness.
The Honda rider led from start to finish in the four-lap Superstock TT race. Kawasaki rider Ryan Farquhar put up a challenge on the first lap trailing by 0.17 seconds but McGuinness pulled away on the second lap to open a four-second lead before heading into the pit.
The lead grew to 12 seconds on Lap 3 as the focus shifted to the battle for second place. Farquhar held a 10-second gap going into the final lap over fellow Kawasaki rider Michael Dunlop, nephew of TT legend Joey Dunlop and son of Robert Dunlop.
Michael Dunlop narrowed the gap with Farquhar over the final lap with a race-best average speed of 129.253 mph. Combined with an oil leak for Farquhar, Dunlop was able to move up into second place.
McGuinness completed his four laps in 1:11:29.65 for an average speed of 126.657 mph. Dunlop finished second with a time of 1:11:37.45 (126.427 mph) while Farquhar nursed his leaking Kawasaki across the finish in third with a time of 1:11:42.41 (126.281 mph).
With the win, his second of the week, McGuinness trails Joey Dunlop 26-19 in all-time victories in the Isle of Man TT.