After the Isle of Man TT was canceled for the second year in a row in 2021, 23-time TT winner John McGuinness has said he plans to retire. After all, he said, even if the event returned to its normal form in 2022, it would mean he would be 50 at the next TT. While road racing is not as driven by extremely young riders as some other disciplines, it is still something to consider.
However, with a little time, a lot can change. Even back when McPint gave the Manx Radio interview where he said those words, he only said he was thought about that. He never said he made up his mind. I don’t know about you, but most of us are probably going back and forth many things before making a decision.
This interview took place in early December 2020. At the end of the same month, McGuinness was named to the Queen’s 2021 New Year’s Honors List as a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for ” motorcycle racing services â. Time, like McGuinness’s lap on the TT course, is certainly passing.
It is now March 2021 and former teammate Adam Child sat down with John McGuinness for an interview. Since he’s had more time to think about it, McGuinness seems eager to cycle back to the TT in 2022.
âIn my head I’m still a young boy, but the brutal fact is that I’ll be 50 if it happens in 2022. Right now TT is on the radar as something I want to do, and for a lot. of reasons. For me, for a 100th TT start, and because I don’t want to end my TT career on The Mountain [with the DNF that took him out of competition in 2019]. Said McGuinness MCNews.com.au.
âWe’ve all had mechanical faults and bike problems, but after all these years of racing I don’t want to end Bungalow bullets with a DNF against my name. There are still a lot of boxes to tick, one last roll of the dice, one last helloâ¦ who knows? He continued.
âAt 50, you can rock classic bikes for another ten years, but riding a 230 horsepower superbike on Bray Hill can be tough. But it’s up to me whether I want to do it or not. There is a lot of water to be flowing under the bridge by then, but right now the green light is on, so we’ll see and wait patiently, âMcGuinness concluded.
McGuinness had a lot more to say about his MBE and racing in general, and the entire interview is well worth your time. Rest assured, the rider is not just sitting on his hands while waiting for the TT 2022. By then he will be competing in the Ducati TriOptions Cup. It’s a supporting series that takes place at British Superbike events throughout 2021, where everyone is racing Ducati Panigale V2s. At the time of writing, there are eight rounds on the 2021 calendar, all of which start on the weekend of July 2-4. It also sells some signs signed McGuinness Mountain Course with worldwide shipping, if you can’t wait for the next TT.