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John McGuinness profile

By Dan Moakes
December 22 2005

John McGuinness
nationality • English
born • 16 April 1974
grand prix début • 1997
british superbike début • 2003

John McGuinness - photo by Fotobikes
John McGuinness - photo by Fotobikes
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Rightly acknowledged as the current master of road racing on the Isle of Man, with six TT race wins and several lap records, John McGuinness remains an all-rounder who can also mix it with the best on a variety of short circuits. A long term association with team principal Paul Bird, in Demon Vimto and MonsterMob colours, included the British 250cc crown and wins in the NW200 and Daytona 200 races, and John just seems to go from strength to strength as he looks forward to a full-time British Superbike ride in 2005.

1980s
Began in motocross

1991
Made racing début; ACU Clubmans Champion, with Kawasaki; 7th in MCN Superteen championship

1992
Shell Scholarship winner; 16th equal in British 400cc Supersport Supercup, with Yamaha - 7th at Donington Park; 13th in MRPC 400cc championship, with Yamaha - 3rd at Castle Combe

1993
31st in British 250cc championship, with Yamaha

1994
26th in HEAT British 250cc championship, with Yamaha

1995
16th in British 250cc championship, with Yamaha; 14th in British National 250cc Cup, with Yamaha - 3rd at Mallory Park

1996
10th in British 250cc championship, with Honda - three podiums; Formula One Cup, with Bird Motorsport - won at Croft; 4th in North West 200 250cc race; 15th in Isle of Man Lightweight 250 TT; 2nd in Phil Mellor Trophy, Scarborough, with Honda

1997
5th in British 250cc championship, with Bird Motorsport Aprilia - won Knockhill, five podiums; 3rd and fastest lap in Isle of Man Lightweight 250 TT, with Aprilia, and 12th in Ultra Lightweight 125 TT; 14th in 250cc British Grand Prix, with Aprilia; 2nd and 4th in North West 200 250cc races; 5th in Daytona 250cc race, with Bird Motorsport; won Lee Pullan Trophy at Scarborough, with Bird Motorsport Aprilia

1998
4th in British 250cc championship, with Bird Motorsport Honda - won Brands Hatch, five podiums; 3rd in Isle of Man Lightweight 250 TT, with Bird Motorsport Honda; 12th in 500cc British Grand Prix, with number 68 Bird Motorsport Honda; 5th in North West 200 250cc race; 4th and 5th in International North West 200 Superbike races, with 500cc Honda; 3rd in Macau Grand Prix, with 500cc Honda; 3rd in Phil Mellor Trophy, Scarborough, with Honda; 3rd in Lee Pullan Trophy, Scarborough, with Honda; 3rd in Stars at Darley, with Honda

1999
British 250cc Champion, with Bird Motorsport Honda - twelve podiums, won Oulton and Donington, five poles; won Isle of Man Lightweight 250 TT, with Vimto Honda (Bird); 7th in Isle of Man Senior TT, with 500cc Honda; 2nd and 3rd in North West 200 250cc races; 6th in North West 200 Superbike race; 2nd in Daytona 250cc race, with Bird Motorsport Honda; 1st in International Gold Cup, Scarborough, with Honda; 1st in Phil Mellor Trophy, Scarborough, with Honda; 1st in Lee Pullan Trophy, Scarborough, with Honda; 4th in Cock o’ the North, Scarborough, with Honda; 1st in Stars at Darley, with Honda; 2nd in Sunflower Trophy, with Honda; raced in the 500cc British Grand Prix, but did not finish

2000
6th in British 250cc championship, with Honda - three wins; won Isle of Man Singles TT, with Chrysalis AMDM 720; 3rd in Isle of Man F1 TT, with Bird Motorsport; won Daytona 250cc race, with Bird Motorsport Honda; won North West 200 250cc race, with Bird Motorsport; 13th in 500cc British Grand Prix, with Demon-Vimto Honda; 7th in British 600cc Supersport race at Silverstone, with Honda; 4th in Macau Grand Prix, with Demon Vimto Honda; 1st in Cock o’ the North, Scarborough, with Honda; 3rd in Race of the Year, Mallory Park, with Honda

2001
3rd in British 600cc Supersport championship, with Castrol Honda Britain and CBR600 - two wins, four seconds; won Macau Grand Prix, with Bird Motorsport Honda

2002
World Supersport, with Honda CBR600 - season affected by injury and illness; 2nd in British 600cc Supersport race at Donington; 2nd in Isle of Man F1 TT, with Honda; 3rd in Isle of Man Senior TT, with Honda; 6th in Isle of Man Production 1000 TT, with Honda; 7th in Isle of Man Lightweight 400 TT, with Honda; 10th in Isle of Man Production 600 TT; 4th in North West 200 Superbike race, with Honda; 2nd and 7th in North West 200 Supersport 600 races, with Honda; 5th in North West 200 Production 1000 race, with Honda; 2nd in Macau Grand Prix, with Zongshen Racing Honda; 2nd in Stars at Darley, with Honda

2003
won Isle of Man Lightweight 400 TT, with Honda; 2nd in Isle of Man Senior TT, with Ducati; 3rd in Isle of Man F1 TT, with Ducati; 10th in Isle of Man Junior TT, with Triumph; 18th in Isle of Man Production 600 TT, with Triumph; 4th and 5th in North West 200 Supersport 600 races, with Triumph; 3rd in Ulster Grand Prix Production 600 race, with Yamaha; 8th in Ulster Grand Prix Supersport 600cc race, with Yamaha; two British Superbike meetings, with ETI Racing Ducati - 8th, 8th, 10th, 12th; 6th in British 600cc Supersport race at Snetterton, with Honda; 7th in British Superstock race at Donington, with Suzuki; 2nd in Macau Grand Prix, with Zongshen Racing Ducati; 1st in Stars at Darley, with Suzuki

John McGuinness - photo by Phil Wain • RealRoadRacing.com
John McGuinness on his Yamaha at the 2004 TT
- photo by Phil Wain • RealRoadRacing.com

John McGuinness - photo © Raceline Photography
John McGuinness on the Hawk Kawasaki - photo © Raceline Photography

2004 Hawk Kawasaki, number 75 and 44 Kawasaki
14th in the British Superbike championship, with Hawk’s ZX-10R, substituting for injured Glen Richards - 3rd and 6th at Brands Hatch
won Isle of Man F1 TT, with Yamaha; won Isle of Man Lightweight 400 TT, with Honda; won Isle of Man Junior 600 TT, with Yamaha; 2nd in Isle of Man Production 1000 TT, with Yamaha; 3rd in Isle of Man Production 600 TT, with Yamaha; outright TT lap record, 127.68mph; Junior TT lap record, 122.87mph;; 2nd in Macau Grand Prix, from pole, with MonsterMob Ducati; 1st and 4th in North West 200 Supersport 600 races, with Yamaha; 2nd and 7th in North West 200 Superbike races, with Yamaha; 1st in North West 200 Lightweight 400 race, with Honda; 2nd in Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race, with Kawasaki; 3rd in Ulster Grand Prix Production 600 race, with Yamaha; 6th in Ulster Grand Prix Production 1000 race; 7th in Ulster Grand Prix Supersport 600 race; 1st in Stars at Darley, with Kawasaki; 2nd in David Jefferies Trophy, Scarborough, with Triumph; 2nd in Sunflower Trophy, with Ducati

John McGuinness - photo © Raceline Photography
John McGuinness on the AIM Racing Yamaha - photo © Raceline Photography

2005 AIM Racing, number 44 Yamaha
John joins the British Superbike championship full time this year, and will also race on the roads, where he will again be one of the men to beat


With grateful thanks to Phil Wain of RealRoadRacing.com


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