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McGuinness determined to uphold Isle of Man TT reign

'There's no denying that the young guns are nipping at my heels but I'll be fighting as hard as any of them' - John McGuinness
John McGuinness has vowed to 'fight as hard as anyone' as the Morecambe rider switches his attention to the Isle of Man TT races.

McGuinness has 19 victories on the Mountain Course to his credit and sealed a double in the Superbike and Superstock TT races in 2012.

The 41-year-old Honda TT Legends rider still sets the benchmark in the feature class at the event and is determined to uphold his reign at the world's most famous road race.

His challengers include Northern Ireland's Michael Dunlop, who joins McGuinness in the Honda TT Legends team and is regarded as one of the English rider's chief opponents.

Dunlop had qualified on pole position for the Superbike races at the North West 200, but heavy rain forced the cancellation of the event at the weekend.

McGuinness said: “We were all gutted not to get out on the Superbikes at the North West, so the TT is all the more important this year.

“As always, I'll be a bit nervous heading in to the first practice sessions this weekend but as soon as I get on the bike and head out for the first time it will feel like home.

“There's no denying that the young guns are nipping at my heels but I'll be fighting as hard as any of them,” he added.

“I've said it before but when the sun is out there is no better place to be than the Isle of Man TT, so let's just hope that the weather is good and we can put on a good show for the fans.”

British Superbike stalwart Michael Rutter is also part of a strong Honda TT Legends line-up for the Superbike and Senior races and intends to make the most of the opportunity to ride one of the most sought-after Superbike machines in the paddock.

“After the wash-out of the North West I can't wait to get back to the rock and have a go on the Superbikes,” said Rutter.

Related Pictures

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John McGuinness, Honda TT Legends
Dennis Hoffer at the Manx Grand Prix
Newcomers prepare to leave the line at the Manx Grand Prix
Ian Lougher on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
Lee Johnston, Peter Hickman and Michael Dunlop on the Superstock podium at the Ulster Grand Prix
Lee Johnston at the Ulster Grand Prix
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki
Tyco BMW`s Guy Martin
Tyco BMW`s Guy Martin
Bruce Anstey won the Dundrod 150 Superbike race
Bruce Anstey won the Dundrod 150 Superbike race at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix
Glenn Irwin will ride the Cookstown/BE Racing Supertwin Kawasaki at the Ulster Grand Prix
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Ulster Grand Prix
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Yamaha Supersport machine
Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade.

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Mike litoris - Unregistered

May 24, 2013 1:56 PM

@dave. How disrespectful. Cos you're a legend of road racing aren't you! I bet you wobble round your local roads on your panigale being passed by the kids on their scooters. Prat.

Richard - Unregistered

May 24, 2013 2:17 AM

You know elsewhere on crash net there is all the F1 talk about Monaco and we know how dull that will be. Then here the TT is about to get underway and just thinking what these guys are going to do makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. There will be some great racing this year for sure - can't wait to see all those TV slo mo replays. This is proper motorsport! Safe racing to them all.

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