Centenary CelebrationsThe Centenary TT ushers in a new age of TT racing led by a dominant John McGuinness
The Centenary year saw huge numbers visit the island from all over the world and John McGuinness, who won the opening Superbike race, treated them to a new TT lap record of 130.354 in winning the Senior TT to leave him with 13 titles.
McGuinness again recorded victory in the Senior TT in 2008, equalling Mike Hailwood’s record of 14 titles but he was outshone by Australian Cameron Donald who won both the Superbike and Superstock races and finished runner up to McGuinness in the Senior in one of the closest races in TT history.
McGuinness went second in overall victories behind Joey Dunlop in 2009, after winning the Superbike Race, with Ian Hutchinson winning two in a day while Michael Dunlop, in the second Supersport race, became the latest Dunlop to stand on the top step at the TT.
Local sidecar ace Dave Molyneux also scored his 14th victory in the first sidecar race while Steve Plater took the Blue Riband Senior TT honours. 2009 also saw history being made on the Isle of Man with the TTXGP electric bike race, won by Rob Barber on the Team Agni machine with a lap of 87.434mph
In 2010 Ian Hutchinson, riding for Padgetts Honda, achieved something that no-one had done in the event’s 103 year history – a clean sweep of all five solo races, exceeding Philip McCallen’s four wins set in 1996.
2011 was marked by the Mountain Course Centenary celebrations and after a barren 2010, McGuinness was back on the top step with wins in the Superbike and Senior TT Races. Honours were shared between Kiwi Bruce Anstey (Supersport 1), Michael Dunlop (Superstock) and first time winner Gary Johnson (Supersport 2) while the sidecar class saw ex-world Champion Klaus Klaffenbock take his third career win in the first race with John Holden becoming the oldest winner in TT history with victory in the second.
Although the Senior TT was cancelled for the first time in the event's history in 2012, McGuinness still added to his titles with Superbike and Superstock race wins. Michael Rutter made history with the first 100mph electric bike lap in the TT Zero race on the American built MotoCzysz machine.
Michael Dunlop only won one race in 2012 - the second Supersport race - but there was no doubting who was the man of the meeting in 2013 as he took the chequered flag in four out of the five races. McGuinness had the consolation of extending his lap record to a remarkable 131.678mph around the iconic 37¾ mile circuit during the Superbike race and then added another victory to his tally in the final race of the fortnight - the Blue Riband Senior TT.