‘It feels nice and set­tled, but you can re­ally feel the weight’

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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

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