‘Morecambe Missile’ McGuinness back to top of TT grid

John McGuinness. Picture: Simon Patterson
John McGuinness. Picture: Simon Patterson
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With the stunning entry assembled for the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, the excitement and anticipation is set to increase as the start numbers are now confirmed for the 1000cc solo classes.

2014 will again see riders in numbers 1-20 being seeded and it’s a top twenty packed with established race winners, regular front runners and exciting new 
talent.

After taking number three last year to honour Joey Dunlop’s first TT win for Honda, twenty-times TT winner John McGuinness will revert back to number one on the grid, with the Morecambe Missile having won races in 2011 and 2012 starting from the head of the field.

The experienced Honda Racing rider will be expected to use the advantage of the clear road to try and break the chasing pack.

Ten seconds behind will be the man who shadowed him for much of last year’s PokerStars Senior Race, James Hillier, and having lapped in the 131mph bracket to become the fifth fastest rider ever, the Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki rider knows he’ll have to do more of the same and with McGuinness ahead on the road he’ll have no better target.

Number three will, arguably, be the most celebrated rider at TT2014 with Ian Hutchinson, the five-time winner of 2010, returning to a hero’s welcome.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider has been to hell and back since achieving that magnificent feat and will be determined to get back to winning ways immediately.

He’ll be pushing for his ninth TT race win with his first chance in the Dainese Superbike Race but behind him is a man challenging for his first with Guy Martin, as in 2013, heading off at number four. It’s also the fourth year he’s been with Hector and Philip Neill’s Tyco Suzuki squad.

The potential race winners come thick and fast though with the next ones to set off down Bray Hill being Bruce Anstey, Michael Dunlop and Gary Johnson.

Dunlop, of course, almost swept the board in 2013, taking four race wins and a second place, but now he’s made the switch to the BMW Motorrad/Hawk Racing team all eyes will be on him to see if he can continue his winning spree.