The 2015 Festival of Speed is quickly turning into a bike fan’s dream. So much so that to try to pick out key riders from the elite selection you’ll be able to see at FoS seems a bit impertinent. Rossi, Stoner, Agostini, Roberts, Hillier, Fogarty, Anstey, Haslam, Guintoli… it’s hard to know where to start!
What we do know is that today the world of road racing will be toasting the name of another rider we look forward to welcoming back to Goodwood, and that’s John McGuinness. The reason being that this afternoon the affable Lancastrian won the Senior TT race on the Isle of Man on board his Honda Fireblade, and in the process shattered the lap record set last year by another FoS visitor, Bruce Anstey. The fastest average speed over a lap now stands at 132.701. That’s average speed …
This means that the ‘King of the Mountain’ now sits on 23 TT victories, just three off equalling the biggest ever haul by the ‘King of the Roads’ Joey Dunlop. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, he also now stands on level terms with Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood on seven Senior TT victories.
It’s the perfect end to a week which hadn’t been without its challenges. Despite another win in the TT Zero class (where he also set a new lap record) McGuinness hadn’t quite been showing front-running pace in the other classes, but today must have been a perfect day for riding with Guy Martin, James Hillier and Michael Dunlop also dipping under Bruce Anstey’s lap record.
We’d say that at FoS three cheers! are called for. Hip-hip…!