IT'S been an interesting few days on the Isle of Man for Honda TT Legends' rider John McGuinness.
The 19 times TT winner from Morecambe will carry the number 3 plate at this year's event, made famous by his former team-mate and eternal King of the Mountain – the late, great Joey Dunlop, who recorded 26 career victories on the Mona's Isle.
McGuinness has also announced his participation in the Lightweight Race at the end of TT week, which is better known to fans as the Supertwins class – won in its inaugural year by Ryan Farquhar.
He has also had his name immortalised, with TT organisers deciding to re-name Shoughlaigue at the top of Barregarrow, as simply 'McGuinness'.
It's the 40-year-old's favourite part of the circuit and the landmark TT sign will carry the famous voodoo artwork that adorns his helmet. Numbers one through to 20 are again seeded this year at the TT, with Quattro Kawasaki rider James Hillier going off at number 1; Wilson Craig Honda rider Cameron Donald off at number 2 – just 10 seconds ahead of McGuinness riding 3.
Behind McGuinness at four, five and six will be Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin; Padgett's Honda rider Bruce Anstey with Ballymoney's Michael Dunlop chasing them all down at number six.
Gary Johnson moves to seven this year, with Michael Rutter at eight, Dan Stewart at nine and the Milwaukee Yamaha duo of Conor Cummins and William Dunlop at 10 and 11 respectively. Dan Kneen completes the top 12.
The aforementioned top 12 rider numbers will remain the same in all classes this year apart from the Lightweight [Supertwins] race, as not all of the riders listed will be competing.