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John McGuinness ‘extremely proud’ to still be lapping TT 131mph at 51

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John McGuinness, Honda Racing UK, Honda CBR1000RR-R, 2023 TT, Isle of Man, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

John McGuinness has come away from the 2023 Isle of Man TT feeling ‘extremely proud’ with his enduring performance on The Mountain after lapping in the 130s throughout the fortnight.

Still going strong some 27 years on from his very first appearance at the TT, McGuinness came to the Manx isle flying solo with the Honda Racing UK flag after new team-mate Nathan Harrison was forced to withdraw due to injuries sustained at the North West 200.

A year on from basking in the celebrations of his 100th TT start, this year saw McGuinness demonstrated some of his fastest speeds in almost three decades of competing, quickly getting above 130mph - a benchmark he was first to crack back  in 2007 - and proving competitive all fortnight.


Scoring a best result of sixth in the first Superbike TT race before landing a seventh in the Senior TT, McGuinness was pleased with his efforts on the Honda CBR1000RR-R, pointing out that he is particularly proud at lapping so fast at 51-years old.

That’s TT2023 all done and dusted and seventh is a solid, honest result to finish with. The weather was again stunning, and I don’t think I’ve seen the course in better condition whilst we had two great pit stops. 

“I was in the 130’s all race and I gave it all I had so all in all, I ticked every box and am pleased with the result and also the fact I posted my fastest lap on the final lap of the fortnight.”

“Unlike normal Senior TT’s, no-one at the front broke down and I must commend the top guys; the new generation are flying. I got another silver replica though and it was 1hr and 45m of pure joy so I’m happy. 

“It’s easy to forget I missed 2017 and 2018 to injury and then two years of the racing to the pandemic so to come back from that and to still be lapping at more than 131mph at 51 years age is something I’m extremely proud of.”

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