With four wins from four races, the talk ahead of the 2013 Senior TT was of Michael Dunlop equalling Ian Hutchinson’s 2010 record of five wins in a week, although John McGuinness’s outright lap record set earlier in the Superbike Race, when he finished third after incurring a one-minute penalty for pit-lane speeding, meant the scene was set for a titanic scrap.

It was master versus apprentice and despite Gary Johnson taking an early lead, Dunlop held a 1.4 second lead over Honda team-mate McGuinness at the end of lap one.

McGuinness upped his pace on lap two and turned the deficit into a 2.4 second advantage as he came in for his first pit stop, a gap which extended courtesy of his Honda TT Legends crew. Lap three saw the duo practically match each other’s times and the gap at half-race distance was still only four seconds.

However, a second flawless pit stop saw McGuinness add another two seconds to his lead and it was enough to break Dunlop’s challenge as he went on to take his 20th TT win by ten seconds. The master, on this occasion, had prevailed.