VIDEO: John McGuinness on injuries, missing the TT and the future

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness misses the event for the first time in 20 years this year, but the nasty injuries he sustained in his fast crash at the 2017 North West 200 weren’t enough to keep him away from the island he adores. Since making his debut at the TT in 1996, McGuinness has competed in every race since but his love affair with the mountain course goes beyond that.

He first attended the TT as a spectator in 1982, 35 years ago, so was determined to head over to the island this year. Catching up with MCN for the first time since leaving hospital, McGuinness explains the extent of his injuries, discusses how he couldn’t not head over to the TT and his current thoughts on the future.


Pick up a copy of our special edition McGuinness: Ordinary bloke. Extraordinary Racer. This special from MCN, celebrates the career of one of the sport’s best-loved road racers. Affectionately known as McPint, John’s career has wowed and entertained bike racing fans for more than 20 years. Buy it here. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing