Honda TT Legends Ready To Race!
Itís been an eventful practice week for the Honda TT Legends at the 2011 Isle of Man TT but after the final session this evening both John McGuinness and Keith Amor are ready to race in tomorrowís six-lap Superbike battle.
The week began in impressive style for both riders despite heavy rain putting a premature stop to the first session. They tackled the TT circuit in close formation to top the leader board in the early stages Ė McGuinness with a 122.838mph lap and Amor with 122.637mph.
The weather took a turn for the better on Tuesday with near-perfect conditions for the evening practice. It was another good day for McGuinness as he set the pace and topped the timesheet for the second day in a row with a lap of 129.041mph. Amor ended the session in seventh.
Wednesday proved tough for the team as Keith Amor suffered a highside at Quarterbridge after hitting a patch of oil on his superstock machine. The result was a painful separation of the shoulder joint, ending his session and leaving him out of practice on Thursday.
In the end, Thursdayís session was cancelled due to an oil spill, meaning todayís sun-soaked practice was the next and final opportunity to get to grips with the famous TT circuit. Having received the all clear from the medical team, Amor showed his grit with a two laps on his supersport machine and a lap on the Fireblade. McGuinness ended the week by pushing past the 130mph barrier with a 130.615 lap to end the practice week as the second fastest rider overall.
Neil Tuxworth, team manager
Itís been a bit of a mixed week but overall weíre pleased. Keith had a crash that we thought might put him out of the meeting, however tonight heís gone out and done three laps so heís reasonably happy. It will be difficult for him but at least he can do the race tomorrow and Iím sure heíll be competitive. John is much happier tonight Ė he has said that the bike is handling as well as last year. Heís ended second fastest so generally Iíd say itís been a good week.
Iím as prepared as Iím going to be for the race. The bikeís working terrifically and Iíve had a reasonably good practice week. If the sun shines tomorrow Iím going to have to be going really fast to win it. Thereís some really competitive boys out there whoíve been going really fast in practice but I want to win it as much as any of them. Iím starting number one so Iím the man to chase and as soon as the flag drops Iíll be away as fast as I can. I definitely want to win it Ė itís what Iím here for.
The week started off really well Ė we had a good amount of time on the superbike and we were working well towards a good set up. Hitting an oil patch and highsiding was not in the plan, but the doctor has said Iím ok to race and I still feel strong enough to be able to do a good job. Iím trying not to get my up hopes too high as I donít want to be disappointed but on the flipside of that I donít to let them get too low either. Letís see what tomorrow brings.
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