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TT legend McGuinness back on form at Knockhill

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness has admitted his confidence had taken a battering after a dismal 2010 TT – but says he's back on track after a stern talking to from his better half.
A stern talking to from his better has restored the confidence of Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness, which he admits had 'taken a bit of dip' after an awful 2010 Mountain course campaign.

After mixed results in the National 1000cc Superstock Championship, McGuinness had been hoping for a strong TT, with ambitions of adding to his haul of 15 wins on the Mountain course. However, mechanical and set-up problems saw him struggle throughout the race week, leaving the Isle of Man without a podium finish for the first time in more than 10 years.

The disappointment clearly knocked the Morecambe rider's confidence and coupled with a less than satisfactory outing at the Silverstone round of the National 1000cc Superstock Championship, rumours started circulating that he was on the verge of retirement.

However, a good talking to from his better half seems to have worked wonders. He took a battling fifth at the Knockhill round of the superstock championship, seemingly scotching those retirement rumours.

McGuinness said:

“My confidence had taken a bit of a dip after the TT and Silverstone and the missus (Becky) gave me a real good pep talk and told me to get my dummy back in, stop dwelling on things and just get on with it!”

The Padgetts Honda rider put in an excellent ride in difficult conditions and, having qualified eighth, he made the best possible use of his smooth riding style to move steadily forward during the race and was rewarded with fifth and 11 hard-earned Championship points.

After dry conditions for free practice and qualifying, the riders were met with a very different proposition on Sunday as strong winds and heavy rain hit the Scottish track. The race was cut from 22 laps to 15, making a good start imperative, and that's what McGuinness got, moving from eighth to sixth on the opening lap.

In what was largely an uneventful race for McGuinness, he remained sixth for the next few laps before being promoted to fifth on lap 7 when Scott Smart dropped out.

Towards the end of the race more rain began to fall, just as McGuinness closed in on Tristan Palmer, and with the weather worsening all the time, organisers stopped the race on the 13th lap - denying him the opportunity of moving further.

McGuinness said:




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Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness back on form at the Knockhill round of the National 1000cc Superstock Championship following his disappointing 2010 Mountain course campaign (Glynne Lewis)
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Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
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a big joey fan - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 11:40 PM

well hes had a couple of bad years (results),but he has still got the speed to win big races,and i hope he goes on to try and get joeys record, a big ask ,but if he did not get it ,i hope he gets up there to take his deserved place in tt history along side a legend.go on son!

GottaHurt - Unregistered

July 15, 2010 7:44 AM

Without doubt the smoothest rider at the TT . And an absolute gent .. It would be a far less enjoyable experience with him missing .. Thankfully , We'll watch you again next year ..G'wan ya good thing ...



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