TT leg­end moved to Liver­pool to start long heal­ing process

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Stephen Dav­i­sion ROADS REPORTER

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’

Mcguin­ness has been blown away by the support from fans, rac­ers and of­fi­cials

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