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McGuinness: Beating Joey's TT record not impossible

'Joey was 48 when he was winning and I've got eight years left in me to win seven, so it's possible. It's not out of the question, but it's not something I'm going for – if it happens it will be a fantastic bonus' - John McGuinness
Isle of Man TT genius John McGuinness has not ruled out the possibility of toppling Ulster road racing idol Joey Dunlop as the undisputed 'King of the Mountain'.

The Honda TT Legends rider starts as favourite for the prestigious PokerStars Senior race on the Island, when victory would give McGuinness his 20th TT success – just six short of Dunlop's all-time record of 26 wins.

At 40 years of age, McGuinness has seemingly lost none of his powers around the legendary 37.73-mile public roads course and the down-to-earth English rider is refusing to rule out his chances of becoming the most successful rider in TT history.

“It's probably something that I'm not aiming for. I always wanted to win one TT and to win one was amazing, to finish one was fantastic, so I've never even dreamed of winning this many,” said McGuinness.

“It's like some sort of dream, but I remember when Joey passed Mike Hailwood's record of 14 wins and then he went on to win 26.

“He was 48 when he was winning and I've got eight years left in me to win seven, so it's possible.

“It's not out of the question, but it's not something I'm going for – if it happens it will be a fantastic bonus,” he told Manx Radio TT 365.

“If it doesn't happen, I'll still have had a fantastic TT career.”

McGuinness – who stormed to victory in last Saturday's Dainese Superbike race – still has plenty on his plate to usurp Joey and be crowned the new Mountain monarch, but he can eclipse the hero-worshipped Northern Ireland icon as the TT's most celebrated winner in the premier Superbike class with his 20th triumph today.

Both riders are currently poised on 13 wins apiece in the feature class, but McGuinness could overtake Joey with a repeat of his dominant Superbike TT masterclass.

His principal rivals include Cameron Donald on Wilson Craig's Honda, plus Kiwi Bruce Anstey (Padgetts Honda), Tyco Suzuki ace Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop on the Hunts Motorcycles/McAdoo Fireblade.

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John McGuinness at Ballaugh Bridge on Honda TT Legends superbike
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade during a test at Castle Combe.
Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the Tandragee 100
Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Yamaha
Billy Redmayne.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW.
Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW.
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas leads his Cookstown B.E. Racing team-mate Derek Sheils at the Mid Antrim 150
John McGuinness, Honda Racing [Credit: RAC]
Michael Dunlop, Buildbase BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
2015 Isle of Man TT Races.
Stars of the official launch of the 2016 North West 200
John McGuinness at the start of the Senior TT in 2015.
Jeremy McWilliams on the KMR Kawasaki at the North West 200 in 2015.
Gary Johnson, T3 Racing Triumph [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Action from the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superbike at Cartagena in Spain.
Lee Johnston will ride for Sarolea Racing in the TT Zero race.

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fireblade - Unregistered

June 09, 2012 11:48 PM

if michael dunlop would only settle and let people help him he could be mcguinness team mate and i beleive he could break all records he is that good on a bike, but he needs to sign for honda and ride one manufacters bikes.


June 09, 2012 11:14 PM

As much as I like mcpint, I hope he doesn't take yer man's record! He was the best Posted by Mac. I'm a great Joey fan and I enjoyed a couple of drinks in Joey's bar while at the NW200, but if McG wins more TTs, then he takes over as the best ever on the IoM. I don't think we have yet seen just how fast McG can lap the island, but Joey's charity work will always mark him as something special.

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