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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
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop
Gary Johnson
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Michael Dunlop
Steve Mercer
David Johnson
Michael Dunlop in action at the Armoy Road Races.
Peter Hickman on the GBmoto Kawasaki.
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100

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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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