It was a little bit of shock after we realized that John McGuinness wouldn’t be driving for the Honda Professional Racing outfit at this 12 months’s Isle of Man TT, as a substitute getting a gig driving with Norton for the Superbike and Senior TT races.
Now, we get information that the 23-time Isle of Man TT race-winner has one other trick up his sleeve, this time involving his Supersport TT plans.
We nonetheless can’t consider we’re saying this, however John McGuinness will mount his 600cc marketing campaign hopes with Michael Dunlop’s workforce, driving an MD Racing Honda CBR600RR on this 12 months’s Supersport TT races.
We needed to test at the moment’s date to make certain, as McGuinness and Dunlop are fierce rivals, and each are chasing the outright file of TT race wins (26), set by Joey Dunlop. Seeing them race below the identical colours will definitely be a sight for this 12 months’s Isle of Man TT.
McGuinness is often not identified for his Supersport TT prowess, together with his final win within the class coming over a decade in the past (2006), and his final podium within the class coming in 2013.
Each these outcomes got here on a Honda CBR600RR, which hasn’t modified an excessive amount of since, for higher or worse. However, the MD Racing squad has proven persistently good ends in the category, so it will likely be fascinating to see if that modifications McPint’s fortunes.
“I’m excited to be driving Michael’s bike at this 12 months’s TT,” mentioned McGuinness. “It’s began off as a little bit of a joke dialog between us each and has developed into him going off and constructing me a motorbike.”
“I’m a giant fan of Michael’s each as a rider but additionally for what he has performed when it comes to working his personal groups and successful races out the again of his van towards the manufacturing unit groups through the years.”
“The Dunlop identify means a lot to TT followers and as a fan myself, I can’t wait to symbolize that identify at this 12 months’s occasion. We’ve received 38 TT’s between us so collectively we all know what must be performed and I’m certain we will probably be proper on the sharp finish,” McGuinness completed.
“I hadn’t ever actually deliberate on constructing one other bike, however when John began speaking to me about it, I assumed it was an important concept and I couldn’t actually say no,” added Michael Dunlop.
“It’s good for me, it’s good for my workforce and regardless of who you’re, the person has received 23 TT races so there’s all the time going to be one thing that may be learnt by having him in working alongside you.”
“Individuals don’t see him as a 600cc rider, however he’s received races and had a lot of podium finishes on a 600cc bike and I’ll give him a motorbike able to successful on.”
Supply: IOMTT; Photographs: Stephen Davidson