Hurt, but still handy!
John Mcguinness was upbeat after his first test on the 2017 Mugen Shinden he will chase his third Zero TT victory on in June. Having dislocated his left thumb at Castle Combe a week earlier after crashing his superbike Honda, the 23-times TT winner was delighted with the new bike and his recovery.
He said: “Six days ago I was lying unconscious on the track at Castle Combe and now I am here riding the Mugen.
“Riding here has perked me up. My hand is sore and I probably shouldn’t be riding but these guys work on the bike around the clock, 365 days a year, so I needed to be here.
“All the tweaks that I asked for on last year’s bike have been done” he said after completing two days of testing in Japan.
“We have a higher seat and a bigger screen now, so the bike doesn’t feel so cramped.”
Mcguinness also hit back at critics of the one-lap Zero TT, claiming it is absolutely a proper race. “Guy will be there to win and so will I”, he said.
“A one-lap, wheel-to-wheel race at over 120mph will be exciting. It is so hard to go to the TT and do just one lap. On the other bikes we have maybe 30 laps of practice but we only get a couple on the electric bikes.”
Mcguinness added: “The speed of development is amazing – they’ve gone from a 102mph lap to almost 120mph since 2012. Imagine if there were a dozen of these bikes with Michael Dunlop, Hutchy, Dean Harrison, James Hillier and the rest setting off down Bray Hill on them. What a race that would be!”