John McGuinness has achieved another milestone in his career. He has been awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen of England as part of the New Year's Honours List.
Isle of Man TT legend McGuinnes has been recognised for his "services to motorcycle racing," according to the list. He has competed at the IOMTT since 1996, and won a total of 23 times, just three short of all-time record holder Joey Dunlop. Expressing happiness on Twitter, he wrote, "Well I'm speechless for once! Unbelievable response from all you guys, amazing! Been reading all the messages it means so much, wish I could reply to you all. Huge thanks to everybody that has made it happen. 30 yrs of racing, now the icing on the cake an MBE."
McGuinness achieved his maiden TT victory in 1999 in the Lightweight category, but has enjoyed success across categories, including the Senior TT race. The list highlights people of the United Kingdon who have made achievements in different sectors like science, health, education, art and sport.