McGuinness recently spoke with motorbikedaily about his relationship with another Tourist Trophy legend: Joey Dunlop.
John told the story of when he was a boy and went to see Joey Dunlop at the Isle of Man TT. On that occasion he swore to himself that he would some day be on the podium with the 26-time TT winner. That later happened for real in 1997 when Joey won in the Lightweight ahead of Ian Lougher, with John McGuinness 3rd and on the podium for the first time.
Later, John McGuinness said: "If I were to reach 26 TT victories too, I would quit racing not to pass him", showing great respect for the Ace of Ballymoney. John, who is now 45 years old, spoke about when Joey was 48 and was still winning important races, and he could not figure out how he did it. But now that he is approaching that same age, McGuinness said that now he understands and he still feels like he is in form to be able to be competitive with the best road racing riders.
John has had a very successful career since beginning to race in the TT in 1996, finishing on the podium no less than 45 times and winning 23 times.