PokerStars Senior TT 2015

John McGuinness took his 23rd TT victory and shattered Bruce Anstey’s outright lap record from last year’s Superbike race with a sensational speed of 132.701mph as he came home 14.2s clear of James Hillier in the PokerStars Senior race with Ian Hutchinson in third.  The victory came after the original race was red flagged on the second lap and a shortened four lap race was restarted at 2.45pm.

The victory is John McGuinness’s 23rd TT win and his seventh in the Senior TT.
The victory is John McGuinness’s 23rd TT win and his seventh in the Senior TT.

John McGuinness – “Today was a new day. I’ve been struggling a little this week, which is no-one’s fault. I have been slow off the line and losing a bit of time, and I needed to find the form I had a few years ago.

“In the restart I didn’t want James Hillier to catch me, so off the start I gave it my all, got my head down and pushed as hard as I could. Lap two I really did give it everything I could and the reaction coming in to the pits was amazing – it felt like it did when I broke the first 130mph lap. My team got me through the pits perfectly and going into the third lap the reaction from the crowd was great and I did think I’d taken the outright lap record.

“I’d like to say a huge thanks to the marshals and the medics out there around the course, who do a fantastic job, and of course to my team and Honda for believing that it was still possible. Riding round the Isle of Man with a 17-second lead felt pretty special!”

John McGuinness at Union Mills in the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.
John McGuinness at Union Mills in the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.

Neil Tuxworth – Honda Racing Manager – “What a great day for John, the team and of course Honda to win what I suppose is the most iconic race of the week, the Senior TT. John rode superbly and, as I told him, he’s still the man who holds the race record round here on that bike and I knew he had the ability to win the race if he set his mind to it. It was obvious he was in the right mindset today. On lap one when he got to Glen Helen we knew he was fighting for a win and I’m just so pleased for him. He’s been a bit down on himself this week and lost a bit of confidence, which he didn’t need to do, as he’s very strong, along with the CBR and the team. Our lads did an excellent job in the pits and pulled about 10-seconds back. We’re so pleased it was a superb performance and we’re over the moon for him.”

During the epic race, the ‘Morecambe Missile' broke the outright Senior TT lap record with a 132.701mph lap and was just a fraction off a sub 17-minute lap
During the epic race, the ‘Morecambe Missile’ broke the outright Senior TT lap record with a 132.701mph lap and was just a fraction off a sub 17-minute lap

McGuinness had took the lead from Hillier at the Bungalow on the opening lap and when Hutchinson made a mistake at Signpost Corner just before the solitary pit stop, he was able to pull away for his seventh Senior race victory.

James Hillier had a great TT 2015 campaign
James Hillier had a great TT 2015 campaign

At Glen Helen first time around, Hillier was again in the lead but it was close with McGuinness only eight tenths behind and Hutchinson just a tenth adrift of the Honda rider. Anstey was holding onto fourth ahead of Johnson and Dunlop but Martin had a really poor start and was way down in 13th place.

Guy Martin suffered from a poor start in the Senior TT before clawing his way up to fourth place, 8-seconds off the podium
Guy Martin suffered from a poor start in the Senior TT before clawing his way up to fourth place, 8-seconds off the podium

By Ramsey, Hillier still led but his advantage was down to six tenths of a second and it was now McGuinness in second with Hutchinson down to third, four tenths further back. Anstey was in fourth with two seconds covering the leading four with Dunlop now in fifth and Hickman sixth.

An opening lap of 131.850mph – the fastest ever from a standing start – gave John McGuinness a 1.2s lead over Ian Hutchinson
An opening lap of 131.850mph – the fastest ever from a standing start – gave John McGuinness a 1.2s lead over Ian Hutchinson

An opening lap of 131.850mph – the fastest ever from a standing start – gave McGuinness a 1.2s lead over Hutchinson with Hillier back to third, a further 1.8s back. Anstey, Dunlop and Hickman filled out the top six, the latter having posted his first ever 130mph+ lap, with Martin getting going in seventh.

McGuinness added half a second to his lead as they swept through Glen Helen for the second time with the top five remaining the same although Martin had moved up to sixth ahead of Hickman. The lead was back up to 1.9s at Ramsey although Martin was now up to fourth, tucking in behind Hutchinson on the road.

Ian Hutchinson tasted much success at the 2015 TT but in the premier Senior TT Hutchy had to settle for third with a blown out exhaust on the PBM Kawasaki
Ian Hutchinson tasted much success at the 2015 TT but in the premier Senior TT Hutchy had to settle for third with a blown out exhaust on the PBM Kawasaki

A stunning, new outright lap record of 132.701mph gave McGuinness the lead and the gap had shot up to 10.9s as Hutchinson overshot at Signpost. Hillier remained in third but he was only 0.6s ahead of Martin as the Tyco BMW rider also broke the old outright lap record with a lap of 132.398mph. Anstey was now in fifth and Dunlop sixth and in an astonishing lap, the first 11 riders all lapped at more than 130mph.

Peter Hickman and David Johnson tussled on the road, Hickman eventually finishing ninth while David Johnson finished ninth, but along the way became the fastest ever Australian at the TT with a 131.595mph lap
Peter Hickman and David Johnson tussled on the road, Hickman eventually finishing ninth while David Johnson finished ninth, but along the way became the fastest ever Australian at the TT with a 131.595mph lap

The order remained the same at Glen Helen on lap three and McGuinness had added almost a second and a half to his lead. Hutchinson, in turn, was over five seconds clear of Hillier who had also edged away from Martin also to the tune of five seconds but Dunlop was slipping back and was now in eighth.

The Morecambe Missile added another second on the run to Ramsey and as he started his final lap around the Mountain Course, his advantage over Hutchinson was an impressive 17.5s. Hillier was a further 6.6s in arrears and he was coming under serious pressure from Martin once more with the difference between the duo now just 2.5s.

The victory is John McGuinness’s 23rd TT win and his seventh in the Senior TT.
The victory is John McGuinness’s 23rd TT win and his seventh in the Senior TT.

McGuinness was in full control of the race and all eyes were on the battle for second now as Hillier took over the second podium position at Ballaugh, extending his gap to Hutchinson to four seconds as they rounded Ramsey Hairpin for the final time.

It was all about McGuinness though and the Honda man duly came home for his 23rd TT victory, equalling the seven Senior TT wins of Mike Hailwood. Hillier completed his excellent week in second, also lapping inside the old lap record at 132.414mph, with Hutchinson holding onto third from Martin.

Hutchinson had the consolation of winning the overall Joey Dunlop TT Championship and with Dan Cooper finishing in 17th place, he secured the TT Privateer’s Championship.

Ian Hutchinson – PBM Kawasaki – 3rd – “It’s been an amazing week and I really wanted a Superbike race win for Paul Bird but I made a mistake at Signpost and then blew a hole in the exhaust so I had to limp home.  I finished on the podium again though and I’ve had a mega week. It’s testament to Paul for giving me so much time on the bikes before coming here and after having a good North West 200 we arrived all raring to go. After everything I’ve been through these last five years, to come back, be competitive and win races has been superb and the future’s looking good. John’s pretty special at the TT so to be sitting next to him today and having been such a part of his career is superb.”

Paul Bird, PBM Kawasaki Team Manager: “It’s been a great week and to take three rostrum finishes from three races is fantastic, especially as it’s our first time back at the TT in 12 years. It’s a shame we couldn’t have ended with a Superbike win in today’s Senior but the bike finished and we’ve taken a first, second and third. I’m chuffed to bits for Ian and for the whole team; they’ve worked tirelessly and deserve the success they’ve had.”

James Hillier, John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson celebrate in the winners enclosure for the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium.
James Hillier, John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson celebrate in the winners enclosure for the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium.

Dunlop – whose final lap was 132.515mph – and Cummins took fifth and sixth as Anstey faded to eighth and so it was Hickman who took seventh. David Johnson finished ninth and Michael Rutter tenth. 

Conor Cummins – 5th – “I had a better race today and it’s safe to say it was an electric pace over the four laps. We made an adjustment to the Fireblade after the red flag, which made things a lot better, but it took me some time to adjust and the pace was so fast. I did my best and my team put a lot of work in to make things better for me out there. The last two laps I started to pick up my pace and was making up time. I’m happy with my race and huge congratulations to John for his win – he rode a great race. Also, thanks to Honda for giving me a great bike to ride around here.”

Peter Hicman – 7th – “Today’s been absolutely mega and the whole two weeks have been awesome. After coming close in the Superstock race, I’m so pleased to get my first 130mph laps in and to end up with a 131.6 is incredible. I’m over the moon with how this year’s TT has gone so a massive thanks to everyone for all their support and especially everyone at Lee Hardy Racing, Briggs Equipment and Jack Valentine at ValMoto.”

Ian Hutchinson had the consolation of winning the overall Joey Dunlop TT Championship
Ian Hutchinson had the consolation of winning the overall Joey Dunlop TT Championship

James Hamilton was the rider involved in the incident before the re-start and he was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital where his condition was described as serious but not considered life threatening. Cameron Donald rode through the ensuing fireball from Hamilton’s crash and also had a bird strike later on in the race and failed to finish on the Norton.

PokerStars IOM Senior TT 2015 Race Results
  1. John McGuinness – Honda
  2. James Hillier – Kawasaki
  3. Ian Hutchinson – Kawasaki
  4. Guy Martin – BMW
  5. Michael Dunlop – BMW
  6. Conor Cummins – Honda
  7. Peter Hickman – BMW
  8. Bruce Anstey – Honda
  9. David Johnson – BMW
  10. Michael Rutter – BMW
PokerStars IOM Senior TT 2015 Race Results
PokerStars IOM Senior TT 2015 Race Results
James Hillier, John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson celebrate in the winners enclosure for the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium.
James Hillier, John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson celebrate in the winners enclosure for the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium.
James Hillier took his Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki to second place and a 132+mph lap in 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Simon Patterson/Pacemaker Press Intl.
James Hillier took his Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki to second place and a 132+mph lap in 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Simon Patterson/Pacemaker Press Intl.
John McGuinness, his wife Rebecca and daughter Maisie in the winners enclosure for the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Tim Keeton/Impact Images Photography
John McGuinness, his wife Rebecca and daughter Maisie in the winners enclosure for the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Tim Keeton/Impact Images Photography
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John McGuinness in the winners enclosure for the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Tim Keeton/Impact Images Photography
John McGuinness sprays Ian Hutchinson with champagne on the podium of the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Tim Keeton/Impact Images Photography
John McGuinness sprays Ian Hutchinson with champagne on the podium of the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Tim Keeton/Impact Images Photography
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Huge crowds for the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Simon Patterson/Pacemaker Press Intl.
Champagne flies on the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Simon Patterson/Pacemaker Press Intl.
Champagne flies on the 2015 PokerStars Senior TT podium. Credit Simon Patterson/Pacemaker Press Intl.