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Road Racer of the Year vote - 2nd: John McGuinness

You vote John McGuinness 2nd in Crash.net's Road Racer of the Year poll
Top 10 Road Racers of the Year 2013:
2. John McGuinness

Country: England
Team: Honda TT Legends/Padgetts Racing

2013 Results:
NW200 Wins: 0
Podiums: 0

TT Wins: 1
Podiums: 5

Ulster Grand Prix Wins: Did not compete

John McGuinness proved he remains the rider to beat in the Superbike class at the Isle of Man TT as the Morecambe ace claimed his 20th Island victory in the blue riband Senior.

McGuinness cut a frustrated figure for much of race week during the 2013 TT races, with his Honda TT Legends team-mate and young gun Michael Dunlop running riot around the Mountain Course, notching four wins in the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport classes to set up a thrilling finale in the end-of-week Senior showdown.

Dunlop was aiming to equal Ian Hutchinson's historic five-timer from 2010, but McGuinness drew on his vast reserves of TT experience and Superbike prowess to land one of his hardest-earned wins on the famous old course, crossing the line with 10 seconds in hand over his key rival.

It was a timely victory for McGuinness on the final day of the festival and one which, coupled with his new outright lap record of 131.671mph on his way to third place in the Superbike TT, proved the likeable English star's reign isn't over just yet.

Until that point at TT 2013 there was a feeling that a changing of the guard was underway, with new pretender Dunlop sweeping all before him.

However, McGuinness saved his best until last and will remain the pre-race favourite for Superbike and Senior races at the iconic road race next June after penning a new deal to continue with Honda in 2014 alongside Conor Cummins.

The 41-year-old wasn't quite in contention for victory in the Supersport or Superstock TT classes, although he finished on the rostrum in third place in the second 600cc race ahead of William Dunlop and was back on the podium again in the Superstock event.

McGuinness appeared to be on course for victory in the TT Zero clean emissions race on the Japanese Mugen machine, but had to settle for second best following a late charge by Michael Rutter.

Bad weather put the skids on his chances at the North West 200, which was eventually abandoned due to torrential rain and McGuinness missed the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod in August as a result of his commitments with the Honda TT Legends team in the Endurance World Championship.

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John McGuinness on the Honda TT Legends Fireblade
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Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
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Ryan Farquhar and Dan Cooper at the North West 200
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