Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen of England via the New Year’s Honors List 2021.
The list highlights people of the United Kingdom who have made achievements in different sectors, like science, health, education, art, and sport.
John Warren McGuinness, age 48, was recognized for his “services to Motorcycle Racing,” according to the list.
McGuinness has 23 race wins and a total of 46 podium finishes at the Isle of Man TT. His last podium finish at the Isle of Man TT was a runner-up finish in the SES TT Zero in 2019, and his last victory at the Isle of Man TT came in the SES TT Zero race in 2015.
He also won the 250cc Grand Prix British Championship in 1999, won an AMA Pro 250cc Grand Prix at Daytona in 1999, won six races at the North West 200, won the Macau Grand Prix in 2001, and competed in the FIM Supersport World Championship, FIM Endurance World Championship, and the 250cc and 500cc Grand Prix World Championships.
“Well I’m speechless for once!” McGuinness posted on his Twitter feed. “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”
Another racer honored on the Queen’s list was Lewis Hamilton, who received an MBE after winning his first Formula One World Championship in 2008 and has now received a Knighthood after winning his seventh Formula One World Championship in 2020.