John McGuinness has been awarded the prestigious honour of the Segrave Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club for his road racing achievements having set a new outright lap record at the 2015 Isle of Man TT.
With 23 TT wins to his name, the Morecombe missile has become the eighth motorcycle racer to been given the award by the RAC which is awarded to 'celebrate and encourage those individuals who demonstrated outstanding skill and courage, whether on land, sea or in the air.' The award was founded by Lady Segrave after her husband, Sir Henry Segrave, died after breaking the water speed record.
"It is our honour to salute John's career and his remarkable success,” Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said. “Particularly at the Isle of Man TT where he became the first rider to achieve an average speed of over 130 mph and, in 2015, set a new outright lap record of 132.701 mph.
"As one of Britain's greatest motorcycle racers of his generation, John's bravery and sheer speed are the exact qualities Lady Segrave wished to celebrate.”
McGuinness joins Geoff Duke (1951), Barry Sheene (1977 and 1984), Mike Hailwood (1979), Steve Webster (1991), Carl Fogarty (1994), Joey Dunlop (2000 posthumously) and John Surtees (2012) as the eight motorcycle racer to be a recipient of the award and received the honour at a lavish event at the RAC's Pall Mall clubhouse.
McGuinness says he's been filled with pride by the recognition and is awestruck to see himself alongside his two-wheeled heroes who had previously picked up the award.
“I'm absolutely honoured to receive this prestigious award. It's something a little different and I'm definitely in good company when you look back at the motorcycling greats who have previously received this, with the likes of Geoff Duke, Barry Sheene and Joey Dunlop,” McGuinness said. “The award has been running since 1930 and I have massive respect for everyone who has been a part of its history and I am so proud to now have my name alongside some of my heroes.”
In January, fellow road racer Ian Hutchinson was also recognised for his Isle of Man TT achievements after picking up the Torrens Trophy awarded from the Royal Automobile Club.