McPint’s mates on his ca­reer

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‘We hope John can come back’

VALENTINO ROSSI JOHN’S ADMIRER “I saw that he had crashed, be­cause I saw that Hutchin­son had tweeted some mes­sages to him, but I didn’t re­alise that it was so se­ri­ous at the time! It’s a great shame, be­cause John isn’t very young and that al­ways makes it even worse. He’s a great guy, I like him a lot, we al­ways speak with each other, and I send to him a great good luck mes­sage. He’s a de­ter­mined per­son though, so we hope that he can come back to the TT again!”

‘He’ll come back with­out a doubt’

NEIL TUXWORTH TEAM BOSS “His whole year fo­cuses around the TT, and he’s never ac­tu­ally had to miss one since his de­but in 1996, so he’s go­ing to be in­cred­i­bly disappointed. He’s a very mo­ti­vated char­ac­ter, though, and I’m sure that he’ll come back, with­out a doubt. I’m sure he will, but he’s had some very se­ri­ous in­juries and he does have to make a de­ci­sion on whether or not he car­ries on or if this’ll be the end of his ca­reer. But that’s a de­ci­sion only he can make.”

‘He’s still got rac­ing in him’

LEE JOHN­SON RAC­ING MATE “The TT is his life. It’s all of our lives, but es­pe­cially John’s. He knows every­thing there is to know about it. Any­thing I need to know, I just phone him and he knows the an­swer right off the top of his head. I’ve been into hospi­tal to see him, and you can see in his eyes how up­set he is. It’s the worst time of the year for any­thing to hap­pen, right be­fore the TT.”

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