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IoM TT: HM Plant Superbike Quotes

IoM TT Report

HM Plant Honda’s Keith Amor powered his Fireblade Superbike to a fine sixth place in the opening, but delayed, TT race, with Michael Rutter finishing the six-lap event in a creditable eighth place on the privately entered Honda Fireblade Superstock machine.

Unfortunately the 15-time TT winner, John McGuinness, faced disappointment however when he was forced to retire from the race on Sulby straight on the opening lap due to an electrical component fault.

McGuinness was second away at the start of the race and by the time they reached Glen Helen he was already showing promise, holding the lead by the narrowest of margins – eight hundredths of a second.

But when they reached the next check point at Ballaugh, Cummins had moved ahead and as they passed the speed trap along Sulby straight the timings showed that John had slowed, indicating a problem. This was sadly confirmed just seconds later when John was reported to have pulled out of the race.

Standing in for the injured Steve Plater, Keith Amor rode a steady first lap to re-focus his mind following a ‘moment’ during the previous evening’s practice.

He was fourteenth at Glen Helen, but soon got more into his stride and powered the HM Plant Honda through to tenth position at Ramsey.

Gaining in confidence with every lap, Amor made his way through to sixth position where he took the chequered flag and, proved to be the fastest rider through Sulby speed trap, recording a time of 192.8mph.

Michael Rutter was riding a Honda Fireblade in Superstock spec in the Superbike race, under the banner of Batham’s Honda.

The skilled road racer put in a strong performance to record some fast times on the Superstock machine and cross the finish line in a credible eighth position.

Keith Amor says: "I am really pleased that I was able to bring the bike home in a strong position. We made a few adjustments during the first pit stop and this reflected in my times over the remainder of the race. I only sat on the bike for the first time on Monday and used the five nights of practice to try and find the correct set-up. The HM Plant Honda team has worked so hard and I am happy with the way things have gone. It would have been good finish higher up but I can’t complain and I’m now all set for the Senior TT on Friday."

John McGuinness says: "I am so disappointed. The bike was flying and everything was fine but when I reached Ballaugh it started to lose power and that was the end of my race. I was able to ride it back to the pits, albeit very slowly and down the coast road – I got some strange looks for sure! It is such a shame because up to that point I was going faster than ever before and it was looking promising to be a fantastic race for me. But that’s racing and anything can happen at the TT."

Michael Rutter says: "I was happy with that result overall. It’s the fastest I have ever been around the TT course and to finish eighth on a stock bike in the Superbike class I am very pleased about."

Havier Beltran (HM Plant Honda Team Manager) says: "We are obviously so disappointed for John, the team, the sponsors, Honda and the fans that John broke down on the first lap. He showed such good form throughout the whole practice week and the team put in such a lot of hard work, so it was incredibly disappointing not to be able to bring back a good result for everyone. Although John didn’t finish the race, our other two riders did very well and rode with good and strong performances with Keith sixth and Michael eighth, so we are moving in the right direction. Keith is still learning the bike but it’s all coming together for him now and sixth is a fantastic result. Michael has gone faster than in previous years at the TT and he is really happy with eighth place on the Batham’s backed Honda Fireblade. Now we need to re-focus and prepare for Monday’s Superstock race with Michael and then the build up to Friday’s Senior TT spectacle."

Overall, Honda secured a one/two with Ian Hutchinson taking the win from Michael Dunlop and ended the race with six Hondas in the top ten.

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Pos No. Rider Lap Time Lap Speed Machine/Entrant Grow Time Avg Speed
1 4 Ian Hutchinson 1000cc Honda / Padgetts Motorcycles 17 46.17 127.398 01 46 31.82 127.502
2 7 Michael Dunlop 1000cc Honda / Street Sweep/Robinson Concrete 17 29.52 129.419 01 47 05.75 126.828
3 6 Cameron Donald 1000cc Suzuki / Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing 17 28.57 129.536 01 47 15.40 126.638
4 8 Guy Martin 1000cc Honda / Wilson Craig Racing 17 29.22 129.456 01 47 18.05 126.586
5 9 Adrian Archibald 1000cc Suzuki / AMA Racing Team 17 40.90 128.031 01 47 21.72 126.514
6 5 Keith Amor 1000cc Honda / H M Plant Honda 17 27.99 129.608 01 47 24.11 126.467
7 3 Ian Lougher 1000cc Kawasaki / Blackhorse Kawasaki 17 56.59 126.165 01 48 45.20 124.895
8 16 Michael Rutter 1000cc Honda / Batham’s Honda 17 44.12 127.643 01 49 32.47 123.997
9 13 Daniel Stewart 1000cc Honda / Wilcock Consulting 17 45.14 127.522 01 50 02.24 123.438
10 12 Ryan Farquhar 1000cc Kawasaki / MSS Colchester Kawasaki 17 57.30 126.082 01 50 02.81 123.428
11 1 Bruce Anstey 1000cc Suzuki / Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing 18 08.68 124.764 01 50 07.67 123.337
12 18 Dan Kneen 1000cc Suzuki / Manx Gas / Marks Bloom Racing 18 07.56 124.892 01 51 15.26 122.088
13 24 Ian Mackman 1000cc Suzuki / 2 MACHS 18 22.99 123.146 01 51 22.28 121.960
14 28 Davy Morgan 1000cc Suzuki / CSC Branson Racing 18 10.12 124.599 01 51 31.16 121.798
15 34 Stephen Oates 1000cc Suzuki / Hallett Aviation/Road & Racing 18 18.31 123.670 01 51 39.72 121.642
Motorcycles
16 21 John Burrows 1000cc Suzuki / BE Racing 18 19.38 123.550 01 51 40.65 121.625
17 31 Rico Penzkofer 1000cc BMW / Penz13.Com Racing Team 18 14.84 124.062 01 51 58.68 121.299
18 33 Jimmy Moore 1000cc Yamaha / East Coast Racing 18 10.49 124.557 01 52 04.99 121.185
19 26 Paul Dobbs 1000cc Yamaha / Dave East Engineering 18 22.10 123.245 01 52 23.08 120.860
20 27 James McBride 1000cc Yamaha / Downview Finance / Pazzo Racing 18 18.13 123.691 01 52 36.17 120.626
21 25 Ian Pattinson 1000cc Yamaha / Phase One Endurance 18 21.36 123.327 01 53 02.84 120.152
22 37 Luis Carreira 1000cc Suzuki / Benimoto Suzuki Cetelem 18 18.50 123.649 01 53 12.04 119.989
23 17 Mark Miller 1000cc BMW / Penz13/SK Support 18 22.48 123.202 01 53 59.12 119.163
24 20 Steve Mercer 1000cc Yamaha / G Forces / SMR Road Racing 20 25.20 110.862 01 54 20.92 118.784

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