‘It could have been mint’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - JOHN MCGUIN­NESS HONDA TEAM-MATE

No-one knows more about

work­ing with the Honda Rac­ing team than John Mcguin­ness. The 23-times TT win­ner has rid­den for the squad since 2006 and was des­tined to be Guy Martin’s men­tor as they de­vel­oped the new 2017 Fire­blade. “We thought this new bike would be the step for­ward, but we haven’t had the time to de­velop it.

“It was the dream team for Honda re­ally. They had the most ex­pe­ri­enced rider out there, the bloke with the most wins and then

Guy, who hasn’t won a TT but is very pop­u­lar! It could have been mint, we could have worked off each other but he’s ended up on his own de­vel­op­ing the bike.”

Mcguin­ness was side­lined by in­jury af­ter a 100mph crash at the North West 200 in which it is un­der­stood the bike’s throt­tle opened by it­self af­ter he slowed for the cor­ner. Honda im­me­di­ately with­drew from the event and switched from Honda’s kit ig­ni­tion sys­tem to the Motec sys­tem used by the BSB rid­ers Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran and Dan Lin­foot.

Guy tested the new set-up at Cas­tle Combe just be­fore the TT and said he was hap­pier with the bike. But he was left to carry the can of de­vel­op­ing the Fire­blade on his own at the same time as he was try­ing to fa­mil­iarise him­self with the Moun­tain cir­cuit again af­ter his year’s sab­bat­i­cal.

“We never re­ally found a base set­ting, so he’s found it dif­fi­cult and with the lack of track time I’m sure that’s got his con­fi­dence down,” Mcguin­ness sug­gested. The More­cambe man also feels the changes within the Louth­based Honda Rac­ing team haven’t made life easy for Guy.

“Neil Tux­worth is re­tir­ing and Jonny Twel­ve­trees has got the reins. It’s a real dif­fi­cult one. They’ll learn from it. They’ll lick their wounds, go back, bash their heads to­gether and make a plan for the fu­ture.”

‘We never re­ally found a base set­ting and I’m sure that’s got his con­fi­dence down’

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