‘MAYBE I COULD MAKE A COMEBACK AT THE TT’
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