Road racing legend John McGuinness says he still gets a 'buzz' on the eve of the Isle of Man TT as he prepares to make the another trip to the Manx island in 1996.
Twenty-seven years on from that inaugural blast down Bray Hill, McGuinness has racked up 104 TT starts, 23 of which he has claimed victory in to place him second on the all-time winners' list, three adrift of the late Joey Dunlop.
Having returned to both the TT and the Honda Racing fold after an extended hiatus dictated by injury and then the COVID pandemic, McGuinness once more represents the Havier Beltran-helmed team in what is now a solo factory entry in the wake of Nathan Harrison's injury and withdrawal.
Riding the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade in both the Superbike/Senior TT and Superstock classes, McGuinness will also ride the SMT Racing/Blue Earth Construction Honda in the Supersport category.
"I parked up on the Isle of Man the other night, and that feeling of heading over on the ferry and driving into the paddock still gives me that buzz. We make our own little village with the motorhomes.
"Practice starts on Monday so there's a bit of time to think about it and get into the swing of that Manx way of life.
"I’m looking forward to it, it’s my 105th TT coming up. I keep repeating myself but the bike is good, the team is good and everyone is in a decent place. I’ve ordered the sunshine for two weeks and if we get that it should be good racing.
"Everybody is excited for it, as am I. Let's get stuck into the way of the TT, get some good safe riding done and I’m hoping for some good results, a podium would be sweet!