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NGK sponsors TT legend John McGuinness

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK has announced it is to sponsor motorcycle racing legend John McGuinness at this year’s Isle of Man TT and throughout the 2022 season.

The 49-year-old Englishman has notched up 23 TT wins and 47 podiums during a glittering career which this year will see him compete in his 100th TT race.

For TT 2022, John has returned to Honda Racing (UK) riding the 2020 Fireblade alongside partner Glen Irwin.

He said: “It’s like stepping back into an old pair of slippers. The stars have aligned for me to be back on a Honda for my 100th TT start.”  Prior to the five-year hiatus following the NW200 2017, he had been with Honda for 17 seasons.

NGK has long been synonymous with the two-wheel bike scene both on the road and in the motorcycling racing arena where its spark plugs have helped the world’s leading teams and riders to numerous victories.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be supporting John both at this year’s milestone Isle of Man TT and also throughout the 2022 season. He is an absolute legend of the TT and has a vast number of devoted fans many of whom turned out to see him when he appeared on our stand at the Motorcycle Live Show last December.”

John, who was awarded an MBE for services to motorcycle racing in last year’s New Year’s Honours, will sport the NGK logo in all six races when riding for the official Honda Team at the 2022 Isle of Man TT and also when he competes in the 600cc races at this year’s event which is being held on May 28-June 11.

The company will also be supporting him when he rides at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed and at all Northwest 200 and BSB races in 2022. In addition, John will also make personal appearances on the NGK stand at this year’s Motorcycle Live when three of his bikes will also be featured on the company’s stand.

NGK is the world’s number one original equipment (OE) fitment and its Iridium IX spark plugs are popular with motorcyclists for their ability to provide enhanced ignition efficiency, better acceleration, faster starting and smoother running, longer life, and better fuel consumption.

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1 – John McGuinness: meeting fans on the NGK stand at Motorcycle Live

2 – NGK-sponsored John McGuinness with fellow NGK Ambassador Charlie Martin

1 – Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness signed posters for fans at the show

2 – Mr Sparky and NGK staff welcomed visitors to the stand

3 – Motorcycle enthusiasts checked out the motorcycles on the NGK stand

Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has six regional companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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