Thursday, 4 June 2009


John McGuinness is one of the world's top motor sportsmen. As the lap record holder on the most challenging motorbike racing circuit, the Isle of Man TT, he has proved an uncanny ability to match character and determination with the best Honda equipment. Two years ago he became the first man to lap at an average speed in excess of 130mph - to be precise, 130.354mph. Tonight, in practice for this year's TT, he again beat 130 with a lap of 130.171mph. He is in outstanding form and is the firm favourite for more success.

This is the 50th anniversary of Honda's debut at the TT. The firm is putting a lot of resources into making it a memorable celebration and so far it is paying off.

I watched tonight's session at Creg ny Baa, one of the most famous landmarks on the course where I took this photo of McGuinness on his brilliant lap. Tomorrow (or rather, tonight) I'll be in the commentary box, wondering what drama lies in store.

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