TT 2015: John McGuinness dominates blistering Senior finale

John McGuinness celebrates winning the Senior TT at TT 2015 with runner-up James Hillier and third placed Ian Hutchinson
John McGuinness celebrates winning the Senior TT at TT 2015 with runner-up James Hillier and third placed Ian Hutchinson

Morecambe Missile John McGuinness saved his best until last as the Honda rider blitzed his rivals in a record-breaking PokerStars Senior TT.

McGuinness established a new outright lap record for the Mountain Course on lap two of the four-lap race, which was re-run over a shortened distance following Jamie Hamilton’s crash, which brought out the red flag.

He shattered Bruce Anstey’s previous record with an incredible speed of 132.701mph, despite slowing down to come in for his pit stop.

The 43-year-old never challenged for victory in last Sunday’s RST Superbike race, but McGuinness was at his imperious best as he dominated the prestigious race to end the festival with the most important trophy of all, matching Mike Hailwood’s record of seven Senior wins.

His margin of victory at the finish was 14.2 seconds over the impressive James Hillier on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki, who reeled in hat-trick hero Ian Hutchinson (PBM Kawasaki) after the Bingley rider lost ground when he ran on at Signpost corner.

Fourth went to Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW as Northern Ireland’s TAS Racing team ended the week without managing a podium result, although Martin did make it onto the rostrum in the second Supersport event on the Smiths Racing Triumph earlier in the week.

The Lincolnshire rider also breached the 132mph mark, lapping at 132.398mph with Hillier also achieving a sizzling 132.414mph lap on his final circuit as he closed on the runner-up spot.

A battered and bruised Michael Dunlop finished fifth on the Buildbase BMW and became the second fastest rider in TT history with a speed of 132.515mph on his final lap, joining McGuinness, Martin and Hillier as the quartet all bettered Anstey’s 2014 benchmark of 132.298mph.

Manxman rider Conor Cummins rounded out the top six on the second of the Honda Racing machines in a fitting finale to the 2015 TT.