Every New Year, the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II releases a list of names that have the honor of receiving a British Order of Chivalry distinction.
The list comprises the names of citizens who have contributed something meaningful to the Commonwealth, ranging from politicians to sport heroes.
This New Year, the list included a familiar name to motorcycle enthusiasts, as John McGuinness has received a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, abbreviated MBE.
The lowest of the five levels of British Order of Chivalry, an MBE is not an knighthood, but the award does recognize John McGuinness for his services to motorcycle racing, where he has been one of the winningest road racers in modern time, and the second-overall race winner at the iconic Isle of Man TT.
Well I’m speechless for once! 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 pic.twitter.com/jdIXGxlRxP
— John McGuinness (@jm130tt) December 31, 2020
Talking to the BBC, McPint quipped that the MBE award was “the icing on the cake for years of riding round in circles.”