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Road Racer of the Year 2015 - 2nd: John McGuinness

You place John McGuinness second in our Road Racer of the Year poll...
2nd – John McGuinness
Average poll score out of ten: 8.2
Team: Honda Racing/Jackson Racing/Mugen
NW200 wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Isle of Man TT wins: 2
Podiums: 0
Ulster Grand Prix wins: N/A
Podiums: N/A
Macau Grand Prix: 4th

John McGuinness's record-breaking victory in a pulsating Senior race at the Isle of Man TT in June provided one of the most memorable moments of the 2015 season.

The Morecambe Missile reclaimed the coveted Senior crown in sensational style on the Honda Racing Fireblade, setting a new outright lap record for the 37.73-mile Mountain Course at 132.702mph after the race was restarted over four laps following a serious accident involving Ulsterman Jamie Hamilton.

It was one of McGuinness's greatest performances at the TT as the 43-year-old proved in no uncertain terms that he is still the 'King of the Mountain'.

He also set the fastest ever lap from a standing start with a blistering opening speed of 131.850mph as he went on to clinch a dominant victory in the blue riband race for the seventh time, which puts him level with the legendary Mike 'The Bike' Hailwood for the most Senior TT wins in history.

McGuinness also won the TT Zero race for Mugen to extend his winning record to 23 victories, leaving him now only three wins behind Northern Ireland's Joey Dunlop, who remains the most successful TT rider ever with 26 triumphs.

At the North West 200 in May, McGuinness finished sixth in the Superbike race and 10th and seventh in the Supersport races respectively.

He didn't compete at the Ulster Grand Prix, but the English star produced one of his best rides in recent years at the Macau Grand Prix to finish fourth, pulling off an audacious pass around the outside of Gary Johnson on the final lap of the race.

McGuinness has re-signed with Honda Racing once more to compete in the Superbike class at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT in 2016, with Manx rider Conor Cummins remaining as his team-mate.

He will also ride a CBR600RR Supersport machine for Jackson Racing and contest the Superstock class in the Endurance World Championship with the team.

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About the vote:
Thousands of votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net Road Racer of the Year poll, where viewers awarded a shortlist of this season's most impressive riders with a mark out of ten.



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John McGuinness
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
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.

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Matt2

December 23, 2015 7:07 AM

McGuinnes is still the man. Somehow this year he seemed to reinvent himself. New laprecord at TT was pretty spetacular when you think the competition and mind the fact even in superbike trim that Fireblade is eaten in the straights. He was way more aggressive than before and seemed like he was racing on short sircuits, both at the TT and Macau. Hopefully Honda can bring new bike 2017 and we can see John get couple more wins and push that laprecord even higher.



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