McGuinness 'proud' to be recognised alongside Rossi

John McGuinness
The 44-year-old has won 23 times at the Isle of Man TT races.

John McGuinness said he was "proud and humbled" to join Valentino Rossi as an honorary member of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC).

The 23-time Isle of Man TT winner is only the second motorcycle racer to be offered membership after nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi in 2015.

A BRDC spokesman said the Morecambe man was recognised for his "outstanding achievements on two wheels".

McGuinness said it was a "great surprise" and he was "super proud".

The TT star received the honour at a ceremony in London last week in front of guests, which included recently-retired F1 champion Nico Rosberg.

McGuinness is the second-most successful rider in TT history and just three wins behind all-time record holder Joey Dunlop.

Valentino Rossi
Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi received the award in 2015.