Hurt, but still handy!

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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!”

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