TT legend moved to Liverpool to start long healing process
Mcpint’s road to recovery
Aweek after his huge crash at the North West 200, John Mcguinness was in good spirits in his hospital bed in the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast after having a skin graft on his injured right leg.
“I was in a lot of pain and very sick for the first few days after the crash,” the TT legend explained.
“But I have been overwhelmed with the support and well wishes that I’ve had from everyone.”
The 45-year-old has received dozens of cards from fans and friends wishing him a speedy recovery from his injuries.
“Both Becky and I have had so much support and I cannot thank the race fans, medical teams and fellow racers enough. All the messages have helped pull me through the dark hours.”
Mcguinness has had an A-frame attached to his lower right leg to stabilise the injury and has been transferred to Liverpool to be closer to home and to have a fixator placed on the damaged limb – he suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in the crash.
“When I get the cage on I will be able to walk but I have to wear a brace on my back for a while because I have four broken vertebrae,” the Morecambe man explained. Mcguinness also suf-
fered four broken ribs. “It is just going to take a long time for the leg to heal, about nine months,” he said.
Mcguinness was conscious throughout his crash and said the incident had been caused by the power coming back up on his 2017 Fireblade superbike after he tried to slow for the left-hand Primrose corner on the coast road section of the 8.9-mile circuit during the superbike final qualifying session. Honda are still examining the bike’s ECU to discover the cause of the crash.
The outside of Primrose is lined with Recticel bales and a 10-foot high mesh fence which Mcguinness was thrown over in the 100mph-plus crash before landing on a golf course.
Race doctors were on hand to provide assistance within a few moments, with the lead doctor riding up the footpath from nearby York corner after the red flag went out to get to Mcguinness as quickly as possible.
During the week there was an appeal to help find the St Christopher dog tag Mcguinness had been wearing around his neck at the time of the crash and has disappeared since.
“The kids got it for me and it means a lot. Won the odd race with it too,” the TT star tweeted.
One of the visitors to Mcguinness’ bedside during the week was his Honda Racing team-mate, Guy Martin, who was given special dispensation to ride his Triumph Tiger out of the closed roads North West circuit on Saturday to make the journey to Belfast.
“I went to see @jm130tt - wanted to see how he was and have a chat. He’s alright but needs a service. I wish him all the best-he’s a legend,” Martin tweeted after his mercy mission.
Michael Dunlop and Lee Johnston have also visited the TT star.
With TT practice poised to begin, Mcguinness could not hide his frustration at not being able to race on the Island this year.
“I’ve been racing there every year since 1996,” he said.
“But the important thing now is to get better as quickly as possible.”
Fourteen-times TT winner, Ian Hutchinson, who suffered a similar injury in 2010, had some strong words of support for his close friend.
“I’m really disappointed that John won’t be at the TT,” Hutchy said.
“After everything he has achieved there it is terrible that it may end his TT career in this way but I came back from a similar thing, so I will try to advise and help in any way I can should he want to come back. He owes the sport nothing and has nothing left to prove. John is one of the TT greats and that will never change.”
‘I have been overwhelmed with the support and well wishes’