Isle of Man: Molyneux hangs on for TT glory

Sidecar race held at blistering pace

DAVE Molyneux notched up his 12th TT win yesterday by clinching the opening F2 sidecar race in dramatic style, despite some problems with the HM Plant Honda outfit.

Partnered by Rick Long, Molyneux, who had a bad accident at last year's TT, managed to grind away at John Holden's 12-second lead, eventually winning at an average speed of over 111mph. Holden had to settle for 2nd place at the finish line. Molyneux said of his victory:

"I can't believe it. The bike wasn't performing as well as normal. It wasn't as quick as the others on the straights but I managed to make up for it by ragging it through the corners.

"I owe a big thanks to the team and my passenger. It's a dream winning after the bad smash I had last year and I'd like to say a big thanks to the surgeon that operated on my right shoulder - I wouldn't have won without it."

The pairing of Steve Norbury and Scott Parnell finished a solid third, giving the Yorkshireman his 7th successive TT rostrum.

1 Dave Molyneux/Rick Long 20:04.83 111.668mph 2007 Honda CBR 600cc / HM Plant

2 John Holden/Andrew Winkle 20:13.19 111.470mph 2007 Suzuki K6 600cc

3 Steve Norbury/Scott Parnell 20:22.46 110.737mph 2007 Yamaha YZF R6 600cc / LOCK

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