BIG JOHN PLANS TO STAY WITH BIG H

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John Mcguin­ness joined Honda as Joey Dun­lop’s team-mate in 2000, climb­ing on to the podium be­side the leg­endary Ir­ish­man in that year’s For­mula One race. The More­cambe man split with Neil Tux­worth’s team in 2003 to claim his first big bike TT win on a Yamaha in 2004. Two years later he was back in the Honda ranks and as he now be­gins his 11th sea­son with the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer Mcguin­ness says he wants to see out his ca­reer on a Fireblade.

“I am like a bloody stick of rock with Honda writ­ten right through me,” he joked.

“I have served my time with the Fireblade and I am look­ing for­ward to the new bike com­ing next year. I just wish Honda would let me get in­volved in the devel­op­ment.”

Mcguin­ness says the time has passed for him to em­u­late fel­low bike rac­ing leg­ends Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo by jump­ing ship to another man­u­fac­turer in the lat­ter stages of his ca­reer.

“Yeah, it’s too late for that now,” the 43-year-old says.

“I don’t want that at this stage of my ca­reer and I am happy just to run through with Honda. I’m a bit like that though. I’ve had the same wife for 27 years and when I go to the Chi­nese I or­der beef curry and fried rice ev­ery time!

“Maybe I don’t have the balls to change,” he re­flects.

“Some­times I won­der if I could have gone any bet­ter, could I have achieved any more on another bike but I don’t think I could. I’m happy with what I’ve achieved and I’m not done just yet.”

Mur­ray Walker was one of the first to con­grat­u­late Mcguin­ness on his gong Since join­ing Honda along­side Joey Dun­lop in 2000, John has stayed loyal Mcguin­ness has been rid­ing the Blade so much he’s moulded to its shape!

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