MCGUIN­NESS GOES FROM ZERO TO HERO

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TT leg­end John Mcguin­ness went from zero to hero at last week’s Clas­sic TT af­ter suf­fer­ing his first ever crash on the Moun­tain course af­ter 20 years of com­pe­ti­tion. The 23 times TT win­ner slid off the Winfield Pa­ton at Quar­ter­bridge dur­ing Fri­day evening’s fi­nal prac­tice ses­sion but less than 24 hours later the More­cambe man bounced back to win the 500cc race and set a new lap record.

“I’ve rid­den bikes for 26 years and you are go­ing to throw one of them up the road even­tu­ally,” the 44-year-old said.

“The bike had brand new tyres and I thought I’d be al­right but some­times you don’t give the bike the re­spect it is due. It hap­pened re­ally, re­ally quickly and the bike spun right round. Be­fore it had stopped slid­ing I was on my feet and run­ning af­ter it.”

Mcguin­ness re­mounted and rode back to the pits through the streets of Dou­glas to have the bike checked be­fore head­ing back out and set­ting the fastest 500cc prac­tice lap of the week.

On Satur­day the More­cambe rider set off at No1 and held off a strong chal­lenge from last year’s win­ner, Dean Har­ri­son, on the Black Ea­gle MV Agusta to take the che­quered flag and claim his first Clas­sic TT vic­tory. Maria Costello fin­ished third on an­other Pa­ton. Mcguin­ness’s speed of 113.342mph on the sec­ond lap gave him a new lap record for the class, which helped to erase the mem­ory of his em­bar­rass­ing maiden TT crash.

“I’ve laid in my bed many times and thought that at some stage I am go­ing to go up the road at some time around here and a shiver goes down your spine,” Mcguin­ness said.

“In a weird way I am happy that I have got past that now and that it was at Quar­ter­bridge, one of the slow­est cor­ners on the course. I’ve got away with it with noth­ing more than a dent in the arse and my pride. All I wanted to do was get back out on the bike and tak­ing the win was the ic­ing on the cake.”

‘I got away with a dent in the arse and a dent in my pride’

20 years of crash-free TT rac­ing and Mcpint slides off a clas­sic in prac­tice

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