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John McGuinness: Ordinary bloke, extraordinary racer

Published: 18 May 2017

Updated: 18 May 2017

One-off special

MCN: John McGuinness is a one-off special bookazine from the team at MCN celebrating the career of one of the sport’s best-loved road racers.

With 23 TT wins under his belt, “McPint”, as he’s affectionately known, has wowed and entertained motorcycle racing fans during his illustrious 20-year career.

Currently the second most crowned TT rider of all time (after Joey Dunlop), John enters the 2017 road racing season with a burning desire to rewrite the history books.

This special-edition magazine features interviews and a foreword from the man himself, along with the inside story behind each of his 23 wins and the race-winning psychology of this incredible guy.

We take a look back at the early days of his racing career, seeing how we went from track club rider to TT star, all the time never living more than 6 miles from his beloved hometown of Morecambe.

We chart every one of his TT wins from 1999 through to his 23rd win in 2015 and ask could 2017 be the year he equals Joey’s 26-win record? With an injury in testing, the preparations haven’t exactly gone to plan…

We take a look at the factors that make John a force to be reckoned with on a motorbike, his frankly, unbelievable fitness levels, his forensic knowledge of the TT course, his lack of ego and sheer speed demonstrated by MCN’s road tester’s race data comparison with the big man.

We find out from his wife Becky what it’s like to cope with living with the world’s fastest TT addict – something she has perfected over the 18 years she has been his pillar of support and John explains his other addiction – speedway – and then he gets out on the shale himself.

MCN Sport: John McGuinness is on sale now in all good newsagents priced £5.99 or you can click here to order your copy online and get free UK p&p.

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