McGuinness' tribute to Joey Dunlop

30 years since Dunlop's first victory with Honda

JOHN McGuinness rode in today's Dainese Superbike race in Joey Dunlop livery.

It's 30 years since Dunlop's first Isle of Man TT win with Honda and McGuinness carried off the iconic Dunlop/Honda Britain design.

The design was kept under wraps until the last minute when 19-time TT winner McGuinness emerged from the team's setup just before joining the start line.

“It’s an honour to be asked to take part in the tribute to Joey,” says John McGuinness. “He was and still is the most famous road racer of all time and although it’s 30 years since his first Honda win he’ll never be forgotten. Seeing the tribute design for the first time brought back all the memories of being Joey’s team-mate, when he wore the red and black livery and I was in pink and purple! It’s an iconic design and he just looked so cool so it’s going to be pretty special getting to wear it in his memory. I can’t wait to see all the faces of the fans and hopefully we can bring home a result for Joey.”

The tribute is part of a weekend-long celebration by Honda that will pay homage to the ‘King of the Road’.