Gallery: John McGuinness through the years

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Open John McGuinness' autobiography on any page and you're almost guaranteed to find a story that will either have you laughing into your cornflakes or the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end.

His story is one of dedication and perseverance as he has climbed through the ranks of short circuit and road racing to ultimately become the greatest living TT racer. And while his success is unimpeded, like his all-time hero Joey Dunlop, McGuinness has stayed true to his roots. He's a family man, living to this day in his hometown of Morecambe.

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There are no race diets or hardcore gym sessions, but he's still mates with Valentino Rossi and he likes a bit of WhatsApp action with Jorge Lorenzo!

We've collected together some pictures from his extraordinary life so far and John McGuinness - Built for Speed is available from now at all good bookshops and Amazon.

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