Superbikes: Prepare for real speed

Lap record holder John McGuinness says the magical 130mph lap "will definitely happen" in the final race of the Centenary Isle of Man Festival, today's Senior TT.

Lap record holder John McGuinness says the magical 130mph lap "will definitely happen" in the final race of the Centenary Isle of Man Festival, today's Senior TT.

The Morecambe rider, a 12-time victor on the island, will again be favourite to take the spoils, having romped to victory in the opening race of the week, Monday's Superbike TT.

He then followed that up with runners-up berths in both Tuesday's Superstock TT and yesterday's Supersport TT, taking his total number of podium finishes on the island to 24. The 34-year-old predicted the existing lap record he set last year of 17 minutes 29.26 seconds, at an average speed of 129.45mph, would go in the lead-up to the event and, having seen the level of competition over the past few days, is in no doubt history will be made.

"If the weather stays like it has been, I'm sure we can do it. It will definitely happen, I'm sure," he said when asked whether anyone could average over 130mph.

The biggest challenge to McGuinness could well be fellow Honda rider Guy Martin, who has a second and third place to his name this week.

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