Isle of Man TT great John McGuinness said his fourth place in the Macau Grand Prix on Saturday was a fitting way to end a fantastic season for the Morecambe Missile.
McGuinness was back on top at the TT in June with a new outright lap record and stunning victory in the Senior race as he hauled himself up to 23 wins around the Mountain Course.
The 43-year-old – who also won the TT Zero race this year on the Mugen machine – finished strongly at Macau after passing Gary Johnson (Penz13.com BMW) around the outside on the last lap in a spectacular move on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.
“I got an average start off the line and after that, it was just wheel-to-wheel for the whole 12-laps,” said McGuinness.
“I had a great race with Michael [Rutter], Gary and ‘Hutchy’, and then Stuart [Easton] came from nowhere and got stuck into our group.
“The move on Gary for fourth was brave, but I had confidence in myself and the Fireblade that we’d make it, so thought just go for it,” he added.
“I am slightly disappointed that I wasn’t on the podium, but I’ve had a good year and I enjoyed myself today so I’m happy with fourth, it’s a really good way to end the season.”
McGuinness shows no sign of slowing down and will be back to defend his Senior TT crown on the Isle of Man in 2016.
As the popular English star closes in on Joey Dunlop’s all-time record of 26 victories around the legendary Mountain Course.