‘MAYBE I COULD MAKE A COME­BACK AT THE TT’

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John Mcguin­ness has not yet de­cided whether he will re­tire from rac­ing. He said: “Ev­ery­thing is work­ing ok, my head is back in gear, I’m fo­cused on get­ting fit again and af­ter that we can make a de­ci­sion.”

“First and fore­most, I’m in one piece. When I hit the ground I thought I was off to meet my maker, I re­ally did. I thought I’m not go­ing to sur­vive this one.”

As his re­cov­ery be­gan, that bleak out­look quickly shifted. “When I was laid in hos­pi­tal for the first cou­ple of days, I was done, that was me, fin­ished. But it’s funny, when you start to feel bet­ter you want to get back on the bike.”

The TT leg­end is re­main­ing cau­tious about his next move though. “I know it would be easy to say I’m re­tir­ing,” he ex­plained. “I could say ‘I’m not putting my fam­ily through this again, there’s too much pres­sure, it’s not fair.’

“But if you say you are re­tir­ing and then you ride again you look a bit daft so at the minute I am go­ing to sit on the fence.”

Clearly weigh­ing up his op­tions, Mcguin­ness laid out some other al­ter­na­tives short of his re­turn to rac­ing on a full blown su­per­bike. “The clas­sic bike has a lit­tle bit less power so we can still do the Clas­sic TT,” he said.

“I can al­ways do some­thing with the elec­tric bike. Those big bikes are re­ally, re­ally hard to ride. You can see the pace is so tough and so sharp. Whether I can do that again or not I don’t know. The leg might be magic in nine months and I might feel great. I know my way around the track, if the peo­ple who have been be­hind me all th­ese years stay faith­ful and have

the loy­alty and the pack­age is there then maybe I could do it again. At the minute, I just have to con­cen­trate on not get­ting any in­fec­tions, do­ing what I am told, get the cage on and get fixed.”

Mcguin­ness says he won’t have any re­grets if he re­tires, but knows how much he will miss rac­ing at the TT.

“I have had a fan­tas­tic in­nings. To come back, ev­ery­thing has got to be right, the plan­ets have got to be aligned. If I don’t then I don’t but it will be a hell of a big hole to fill. I have spo­ken to rid­ers who have re­tired and it’s hard.”

‘ To come back, all the plan­ets have to be aligned. If I don’t it will be a big hole’ JOHN MCGUIN­NESS

The Mcguin­ness fam­ily - Daisy, Becky, John and Ewan at the TT

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