‘It feels nice and settled, but you can really feel the weight’
A wet Monday morning saw the first test delayed to allow the 1.5-mile track time to dry. John Mcguinness had already elected to sit out most of the day to allow more time for the thumb to heal that he dislocated in a superbike Fireblade crash at Castle Combe a week earlier.
On the way to the circuit Mcguinness chatted about racing in the recent Phillip Island Classic meeting and Guy said he would love to take part. John questioned why he didn’t.
“I have to be at work,” Guy replied. “There will always be trucks but you can’t always race motorbikes,” Mcguinness fired back.
The duo were greeted by Hirotoshi Honda, the owner of Mugen and the son of Honda founder, Soichiro Honda. Down to earth, Hirotoshi jokingly asked John if he had lost any weight before pointing out that Guy had lost all of his hair.
The electric TT race may not be taken very seriously in Britain, but in Japan it is a different story. There were almost as many journalists present at the test as attended this year’s TT press conference and Mcguinness and Martin were interviewed constantly throughout the day.
Guy was first man out of the blocks and just as he was about to roll out of the garage he asked the mechanics, to their great amusement, whether he would get electrocuted if he put his feet down.
“It feels nice and settled but you can really feel the weight,” was his verdict on his return.”
A frustrated John Mcguinness took to the track in the late afternoon, completing three short sessions and complaining his hand was very sore at the close of play. “I was determined to get out there,” he said, not wanting to be overshadowed by Guy.
Mcguinness also admitted that Guy’s No2 start number in this year’s race, just 10 seconds behind him, was creating some pressure.
“Guy is a top rider and he is a threat in any race,” the Morecambe man said. “Having him behind me will keep me sharp. A little bit of pressure can be a good thing.”
A two-hour briefing with the Mugen engineers made it a full 12-hour day for the two riders. Guy is blown away by the level of engineering expertise on the electric racers
‘Guy’s top racer and a threat in any race’ JOHN MCGUINNESS