Honda Racing’s John McGuinness has confirmed that he will be fit and ready for the start of the international road racing season after breaking his wrist in a dirt bike crash.
The 20-time Isle of Man TT winner has no concerns over his participation at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on May 17 and will also be back in action on the Mountain Course, where McGuinness remains the outright lap holder following a new benchmark in 2013 of 131.671mph.
Morecambe star McGuinness has already had surgery on his damaged wrist and revealed that Northern Ireland riders Ryan Farquhar and Michael Dunlop were among the first to wish him a swift and full recovery.
“I have already had a couple of operations on the wrist by one of the top surgeons in the country and he is really happy with the way it all worked out,” McGuinness said.
“I have a light cast on the wrist now. I have to let it rest for a few weeks and then I will have a month to get ready for the North West in May.
“Ryan and Michael wished me well and said that they wanted to be racing against me at the North West and TT. We all know that any of us can get hurt riding bikes and racers always look out for each other - that is the way road racing is,” he added.
“Things could have been a lot worse because it was a heavy crash in the middle of nowhere.
“I punched a big hole in my helmet and I’ve two black eyes to go with my sore wrist and ribs but time is a great healer and I am well on the road to recovery now.
“I’ll be at the North West 200 press launch on March 31 to meet all the fans and I’ll definitely be back again on my bike for race week.”
McGuinness has won six times at the North West 200, where he remains a massive favourite with the fans.