John McGuinness may have amassed an incredible 17
victories at the Isle of Man TT, but the Morecambe rider has lost none
of his appetite for the historic Mountain road race.
The Honda TT Legends rider has been setting the pace in the superbike class all week and on Wednesday raised the bar with the first 130mph lap of 2012.
He comes to the TT in fearsome form after he won the opening
Superbike race at the North West 200 and finished in the top five in the
remaining Superbike, Supersport and Superstock races.
There is no question McGuinness - still the outright lap record holder
on the Mountain Course with a speed of 131.587mph - sets the benchmark
in the Superbike and Senior races at the TT.
But he is equally capable of winning any race on the Island next week
and in his current form, few would bet against him doing exactly that.
"The TT is the most important race of the year for me and I'm so
passionate about the race. When I was a kid and 10 years old it blew me away and I always said I
was going to win one day," McGuinness said.
"Here we are with 17 wins and it's absolutely amazing. I still feel good, I still feel excited and I still get nervous at the
“I was there or thereabouts in the other classes last year. I finished
fifth in the first Supersport race and second in the second 600 race and
I was second on the Superstock bike, so when I look at it that way I
should be happy.”
Although he is everyone's favourite for more success in the blue riband races at the TT, McGuinness feels he can challenge for success in the Supersport races this year.