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Images from the 2018 Isle of Man TT: RST Superbike TT on the 2nd June

TT 2018: McGuinness back on the Mountain

Jun 042018

23-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness finally sampled his 200mph Norton superbike on the Isle of Man at the weekend, riding a blistering parade lap before the event opening RST Superbike TT.

The Morecambe Missile - as he is known to his fans - has been battling extensive injuries since his high-speed crash at the North West 200 last year, with the aim of making a full return to racing this season.

Unfortunately an unexpected re-fracture in his injured leg threw a spanner in the works of his return plans, meaning a full two-week programme competing in the world’s ultimate road race was out of the question.

Eager to put on a show for the thousands of fans that flock to the Isle of Man to watch the racing, McGuinness jumped on his stunning Norton SG7 V4RR race bike to lap the course.


"I'm knackered but that was just awesome. I tried really hard to be here and race, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” explained McGuinness. “I had a re-fracture on my leg – now I’ve got a plate fitted and here I am. Unfortunately the only thing I can do is a couple of parade laps. Even though I can’t race – its great to have the leathers back on after a hard 12 months.


“There were pit boards out all round the course with 'P1 + 23 wins' on. The Isle of Man is packed. It is so busy at all the vantage points. I got my head down on the Mountain Mile; I had to get it out of my system... I noticed I'm lacking a bit of bike fitness but the bike feels good, the V4 is very very fast!”