All eyes were on
J ohn Mcguinness as
he lined up for the start of Sunday's 6 lap Superbike race, his red white
and blue Fireblade now resplendent in Joey Dunlop's 2000 Formula 1 TT
red and black livery, in tribute to Joeys first ever ride for Honda 30
Just like 13 years previously, it caught everyone completely unaware creating a media feeding frenzy minutes before the start.
As the flagged dropped Hillier led the field away and by the end of lap one it was Joeys nephew Michael who led fast starting Guy Martin and Gary Johnson, Mcguinness uncharacteristically nine seconds down in fourth.
Dunlop recording his fastest ever lap at over 131mphlead was now fifteen seconds up on John recovering to second position by the time of the first pit stop but distracted by a loose filler cap incurred a 30 second penalty for speeding, dropping him way back down.
Michael now had control of the race, but Mcguinness, back down in fourth at the end of lap five and desperate to at least salvage a podium spot, really put the hammer down on his last circuit, setting a new outright lap record at 131.671mph, pushing Guy Martin down to fourth with Cameron Donald in a safe second.
The race belonged to Dunlop though, ecstatic after his first Superbike TT win for his new Honda Legends team.
It was the day he chased down "Joey."
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