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McGuinness confirms classic racing bow

'Ever since the Classic TT concept was announced I have wanted to get involved and support the organisers with this exciting new idea' - John McGuinness
Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness will make his classic racing debut at next year's inaugural Classic TT races on the Mountain circuit.

The Morecambe man will ride a Paton in the 500cc Classic event after teaming up with sponsor Roger Winfield, a former sponsor of Ulsterman Ryan Farquhar.

Now retired, Farquhar won five Manx Grand Prix races on the Paton McGuinness will be aboard next year.

William Dunlop is also poised to make his debut in 2013 at the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, which was traditionally known as the Manx Grand Prix prior to a major revamp of the meeting by the Manx Government.

Dunlop will ride a Honda for Davies Motorsport in the 350cc Classic TT race plus a four cylinder Honda in the 500cc event.

McGuinness, who sealed his 19th TT win in June, is a major signing for the new-look meeting and the 40-year-old is relishing the challenge of making his classic racing bow on the Mountain circuit.

“Ever since the Classic TT concept was announced I have wanted to get involved and support the organisers with this exciting new idea,” he said.

“I love the Isle of Man and I love riding a bike around the TT Mountain course, so getting the chance to do it on a really special Classic bike is a dream come true.

“I've already had a little run out on the bike just for a bit of fun at the Festival of Jurby during this year's Manx Grand Prix and straight away I was impressed by how good it was to ride.

“Roger is a fantastic guy to work with and when he invited me to ride the bike at the Classic TT it was an easy decision to make,” added McGuinness.

“I watched Ryan on the bike during this year's Manx, and he looked incredible on it. The machine sounded really good as well and you could hear it for miles and miles after he had gone past.”

Other top names set to compete in the Classic TT races include Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, Gary Johnson, Cameron Donald, Ian Lougher and Conor Cummins.

Related Pictures

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John McGuinness will ride a 500cc Paton at the Classic TT races in 2013
Lee Johnston in action at the Ulster Grand Prix
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas in action in the Senior Manx Grand Prix
Billy Redmayne, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Rob Hodson on the podium after the Junior Manx Grand Prix
Michael Rutter celebrates winning the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar were the top three in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT
Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
Picture courtesy of Motorcycle News
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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