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Honda rider John McGuiness snagged three victories at the 2006 Isle of Man TTs, including the prestigious Senior TT held on the final day.



With just one year to go to reach its century, this year's Isle of Man TT (www.IOMTT.com) gave visitors a year to remember and metaphorically gave the finger to those who claim its days are numbered. Superb weather meant that racing took place in almost ideal conditions in all races, despite the odd hours delay due to sea mist. This also allowed all of the other events like the Ramsey Sprint and the various beach races to run to time with decent crowds watching.

On the TT course, Cumbrian John McGuiness raised his own outright lap record to 129.45 mph for the 37.75-mile mountain circuit during the final race, the historic Senior TT, as well as taking the overall win to end a week full of records. Arguably, had he been pushed he may well have found the 4.43 seconds needed to crack the 130-mph average lap as he took his third win of the week to give him an island total of 11 TT wins.

Established names like McGuiness shared the rostrum with some relative newcomers, showing that there are still plenty of competitors willing to take on one of the most challenging road races in the world and continue to push the limits to new levels.

Certainly the American and Canadian Ducati dealers who were there as part of a sales incentive trip were blown away by what they saw and many are vowing to return next year.

During the practice for the event a GSX-R 1000 ridden by Kiwi Bruce Anstey was clocked at 206 mph on the mile long Sulby straight. This is the same figure that Karl Muggeridge achieved during the Monza round of the World Superbike championship. The difference is that he had the safety of track to do it on, not a public road!

Source: Motorcycle-USA
 

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