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Road Racing’s Great Races – Superbike TT 2008

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The superbike TT race for 2008 began in good conditions all round and tensions where high beforehand and the question was who would take the challenge to John Mcguinness this year in the superbike race. At Glen Helen on lap 1 Ian Hutchinson lead Cameron Donald, Guy Martin, Bruce Anstey and John Mcguinness back in fifth place.

But by the next timing point John Mcguinness took the lead from Guy Martin with the Relentless Suzuki by TAS of Donald and Anstey not far behind. At Ramsey on lap 1 it was confirmed that Martin had taken the lead from Mcguinness and from there the hugely popular rider lead at the end of lap 1 by around a second from John Mcguinness in second place, Cameron Donald, Bruce Anstey and Ian Hutchinson completed the top five.

Lap 2 saw drama aplenty as Mcguinness was forced to retire with electrical issues this meant Martin had a lead of over 8 seconds on Donald in second place with Anstey occupying third place. Ian Hutchinson held fourth place whilst Ryan Farquhar, Ian Lougher and Gary Johnson where all showing good speed as they battled over fifth position.

Laps 3 and 4 saw positions out front remain largely the same but on lap 5 electrical issues cruelly struck Martin’s Hydrex bike animal Honda superbike which meant he was out of the race, this promoted Cameron Donald into race lead in front of his team mate Bruce Anstey. Further drama happened when Hutchinson retired on the AIM Yamaha after this a huge battle was on for the final place on the podium between Adrian Archibald and Gary Johnson.

Donald crossed the line at the end of lap six to record his first TT victory. Anstey was second in front of Archibald who made it a 1-2-3 on the podium for Suzuki, the last time this happened was back in the 2004 senior TT. Gary Johnson was leading Honda rider in home fourth place, Ian Lougher was fifth on the Blackhorse Yamaha, Ryan Farquhar sixth and Keith Amor a highly creditable seventh on Wilson Craig racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

Despite luck being on his side with Guy Martin and John Mcguinness having electrical issues, Cameron Donald was now a TT winner underlining his status as one of the best road racers in the world.

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