A stern talking to from his better has restored the confidence of Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness, which he admits had 'taken a bit of dip' after an awful 2010 Mountain course campaign.

After mixed results in the National 1000cc Superstock Championship, McGuinness had been hoping for a strong TT, with ambitions of adding to his haul of 15 wins on the Mountain course. However, mechanical and set-up problems saw him struggle throughout the race week, leaving the Isle of Man without a podium finish for the first time in more than 10 years.

The disappointment clearly knocked the Morecambe rider's confidence and coupled with a less than satisfactory outing at the Silverstone round of the National 1000cc Superstock Championship, rumours started circulating that he was on the verge of retirement.

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However, a good talking to from his better half seems to have worked wonders. He took a battling fifth at the Knockhill round of the superstock championship, seemingly scotching those retirement rumours.

McGuinness said:

"My confidence had taken a bit of a dip after the TT and Silverstone and the missus (Becky) gave me a real good pep talk and told me to get my dummy back in, stop dwelling on things and just get on with it!"

The Padgetts Honda rider put in an excellent ride in difficult conditions and, having qualified eighth, he made the best possible use of his smooth riding style to move steadily forward during the race and was rewarded with fifth and 11 hard-earned Championship points.

After dry conditions for free practice and qualifying, the riders were met with a very different proposition on Sunday as strong winds and heavy rain hit the Scottish track. The race was cut from 22 laps to 15, making a good start imperative, and that's what McGuinness got, moving from eighth to sixth on the opening lap.

In what was largely an uneventful race for McGuinness, he remained sixth for the next few laps before being promoted to fifth on lap 7 when Scott Smart dropped out.

Towards the end of the race more rain began to fall, just as McGuinness closed in on Tristan Palmer, and with the weather worsening all the time, organisers stopped the race on the 13th lap - denying him the opportunity of moving further.

McGuinness said:

"I needed that! I've had a tough few weeks what with the disappointments at the TT and that, so to come away with a top five finish is very pleasing and it's great to be back mixing it with the front runners."

"I spent a bit of practice circulating with my team-mate Glen Richards and it definitely helped get me back in the zone so after qualifying well I was feeling in good shape for the race."

"I got a good start and was right with the front group and felt comfortable with the pace we were running at. Conditions were a bit sketchy with probably 80% of the track dry, but the rest damp so you really had to concentrate hard to make sure you didn't stray off line and I did just that."

"We'd opened up a bit of a gap to the riders behind and I was hopeful of moving up to fourth, but the rain began to come down and it was the right decision to stop the race. Fifth is very satisfying and it's got my short circuit season back on track so I'll now look to build on this result and make sure we're there or thereabouts for the entire second half of the season."