A corner of the famous Isle of Man TT race track has been named after Morecambe’s John McGuinness.
With 19 wins on the course to his name, (the second highest in history), John is the current record holder for fastest lap of the course and has had his achievments recognised ahead of the event this summer.
The point of the track, which will now be known as McGuinness’s, is at Shoughlaigue, the fast run down from Handley’s Corner before the top of Barregarrow. John said: “it’s my favourite part of the course. I always get a thrill when I ride it.
“It’s a high speed, 6th gear corner, probably 180 mph on a Superbike, which you wouldn’t think would be possible when you go through it in a car.
“It’s a fantastic sequence of bends and the last left opens up lovely – it’s probably where I gain the most time on my competitors.”
The corner will have a new sign with the infamous voodoo artwork that has adorned John’s helmets for many years.
Born and raised in Morecambe, he first competed on the Isle of Man in 1996 and took his first win three years later, the year he also became British Champion.
John added: “It’s an absolute honour and I was speechless when the organisers told me about the idea.
“I was close to tears when I was standing by the sign today and what’s particularly nice is that it breaks a tradition and honours a current rider.
“It’s the most famous circuit in the world. You grow up watching the greats who go on to have corners named after them and now I have a corner named after me. It doesn’t get much better than that.”