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McGuinness joins F1 stars in Motor Sport Hall of Fame

"To see my name up there with so many greats of our sport is just a massive honour" - John McGuinness.
Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness joined F1 stars Alain Prost and James Hunt, plus engineering genius Ross Brawn, as the newest inductees to the Motor Sport Hall of Fame.

Now in its fifth year, the Hall of Fame honours the achievements of great drivers, riders and engineers, with this year's ceremony held at London's historic Royal Opera House.

McGuinness, a 20 time TT winner and the lap record holder, is only the third Hall of Fame motorcyclist and collected his accolade from fellow member John Surtees, the only man ever to win the world title on both two wheels and four.

“I can't believe it!” said McGuinness. “It's been an amazing journey. I was first put on a motorbike when I was three-years-old by my dad, and I've come a long way since then. To see my name up there with so many greats of our sport is just a massive honour.

“Competing in the TT is such a thrill; just to ride it is exhilarating in itself, and to win there is really special – when you hear your national anthem playing, it's something incredible.

“I never honestly thought I would be standing here with 20 wins; if I get one or two more, that would obviously be fantastic, but if I don't then I've still had a great career, and it certainly won't be through any lack of trying!”

The ceremony was compered by Sky Sports F1 presenter Simon Lazenby. Highlights will be shown on its dedicated F1 channel at 20:30hrs on Friday 31 January.



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John Surtees inducts John McGuinness to the Motor Sport Hall of Fame
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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