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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
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Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
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Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Honda
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
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Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
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Lee Johnston on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Dennis Hoffer at the Manx Grand Prix
Newcomers prepare to leave the line at the Manx Grand Prix

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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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