John McGuinness (born 16 April 1972 in Morecambe) is an English professional motorcycle racer. McGuinness races for the Honda TT Legends factory racing team in road races like the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200, and on the short tracks he rides for the Padgett's Honda Racing Team in the British Superstock 1000 series.
Born and raised in Morecambe, Lancashire, he has two siblings Faye and Kurt.
His father owned a motorcycle repair shop, but advised John to train as a bricklayer. Graduating (in what?) in 1990, the resultant recession forced him into cockle fishing with his future father-in-law.
McGuiness's first race was an endurance road race at Aintree in 1990, at age 18.
McGuiness's first Isle of Man TT race was in 1996, the same year as David Jefferies, finishing 15th.
TT 2006 proved to be the best ever for McGuinness. He won three races (Senior, Superbike and Supersport) and he lowered the outright lap record four times during the festival. This all started in the TT Superbike race on 3 June, recording 17:42.53 from a standing start, then 17:41.71 on the second lap. His record lap stood at 127.933 mph to take in the 37.