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McGuinness will return to TT in 2013 as he chases 20th win

'I'm really nervous about riding the big bikes in patchy and damp conditions at the TT and it was the right decision to cancel, but we're already looking forward to next year' - John McGuinness
Honda TT Legends star John McGuinness has vowed to return to the Isle of Man next year as he chases his 20th victory on the Mountain course.

McGuinness missed out on the chance to complete a hat-trick of victories at the TT after the prestigious Senior race was cancelled on safety grounds.

Poor weather forced the showpiece race to be rescheduled until Saturday, but damp patches around the course left the organisers with no option but to postpone the feature race of the festival for the first time in the TT's 105-year history.

The days of racing superbike machines in conditions other than perfect at the TT are gone, with the majority of competitors no longer willing to take the risk of hurtling into a blind 140mph corner on slick tyres unaware of whether or not the road surface is dry or wet on the exit.

And McGuinness voiced his support of the decision to cancel the prestigious Senior, even though he was hugely disappointed to miss out on challenging for his 20th win.

The Morecambe star, who is closing in on Northern Ireland legend Joey Dunlop's record of 26 TT victories, said: “I think it was the right decision to cancel the race.

"I'd love to be here waiting for the sun to shine so we can race, but that's not an option and for me, the track just wasn't quite right.

“Racing my favourite bike here, starting at the front and possibly winning races is the best thing in the world, but I'm also really nervous about riding the big bikes in patchy and damp conditions.

“It's disappointing for everybody we're already looking forward to next year.”

McGuinness increased his tally at the TT to 19 wins following a double in the Superbike and Superstock races last week.



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notfastenuff - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 8:20 PM

I have read with interest comments on here and other well known sites, some complaining that its not fair on people who have gone to the i.o.m to watch racing, paid for hotels, joey won in rain in 87, blah blah. Superbikes now are a hell of a lot faster than 25 years ago, corner speeds a lot higher. I respect the very difficult decision made by the officials because i would rather come home skint, having missed a few races knowing that no rider famous or first timer had lost his life racing in difficult conditions. Well done to all the riders this year "RESPECT"

Marek Piechula - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 3:15 PM

Well, I agree totally with McGuiness and organisers. Taking part in TT alone is very dangerous and risky. Imagine how many crashes and deaths would be there if they decided to run the race in wet conditions. And fatal accidents are the last thing everybody wants to see while watching TT and other racing competitions.



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