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John McGuinness to make Classic TT debut
27 November 2012
Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness will make his classic racing debut at next year's inaugural Classic TT races on the Mountain circuit.
The Morecambe man will ride a Paton in the 500cc Classic event after teaming up with sponsor Roger Winfield, a former sponsor of Ulsterman Ryan Farquhar.
Now retired, Farquhar won five Manx Grand Prix races on the Paton McGuinness will be aboard next year.
William Dunlop is also poised to make his debut in 2013 at the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, which was traditionally known as the Manx Grand Prix prior to a major revamp of the meeting by the Manx Government.
Dunlop will ride a Honda for Davies Motorsport in the 350cc Classic TT race plus a four cylinder Honda in the 500cc event.
McGuinness, who sealed his 19th TT win in June, is a major signing for the new-look meeting and the 40-year-old is relishing the challenge of making his classic racing bow on the Mountain circuit.
“Ever since the Classic TT concept was announced I have wanted to get involved and support the organisers with this exciting new idea,” he said.
“I love the Isle of Man and I love riding a bike around the TT Mountain course, so getting the chance to do it on a really special Classic bike is a dream come true.
“I've already had a little run out on the bike just for a bit of fun at the Festival of Jurby during this year's Manx Grand Prix and straight away I was impressed by how good it was to ride.
“Roger is a fantastic guy to work with and when he invited me to ride the bike at the Classic TT it was an easy decision to make,” added McGuinness.
“I watched Ryan on the bike during this year's Manx, and he looked incredible on it. The machine sounded really good as well and you could hear it for miles and miles after he had gone past.”
Other top names set to compete in the Classic TT races include Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, Gary Johnson, Cameron Donald, Ian Lougher and Conor Cummins.
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