'Easy decision' to join Quattro Plant Kawasaki for 2020 North West 200 and Isle of Man TT, says John McGuinness

John McGuinness pictured at the Macau Grand Prix in November. McGuinness will ride for the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki team at this year's North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
John McGuinness pictured at the Macau Grand Prix in November. McGuinness will ride for the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki team at this year's North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
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John McGuinness has signed for the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki team to compete at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT in 2020.

McGuinness will ride Kawasaki ZX-10RR machinery in the Superbike and Superstock classes for Pete Extance’s team and will be joined in the line-up at the North West by 24-time winner Alastair Seeley.

The Morecambe man made his comeback at the North West and TT last year with Norton following injury, but the 23-time TT winner will now take on a new challenge this season.

McGuinness said: “I’m delighted to be riding for Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki at the 2020 Isle of Man TT and their record on the island with James Hillier, in terms of both results and reliability, speaks for itself. With it being such a family-orientated team, it’s the perfect fit for me and they’re a highly reputable, professional team who have achieved great things on both the roads and the circuits.

“Pete drove all the way up from Bournemouth to Morecambe to meet me and put the offer on the table and it didn’t take much for me to sign – it was an easy decision.

“Everything made perfect sense and we’ve put together a good plan that will put us in the best position possible. Joining Kawasaki and Pete’s team and riding the Ninja ZX-10RR at the TT is a new chapter for me, one I’m excited about and really looking forward to.”

McGuinness’s last podium appearances in the Superbike classes at the TT came in 2016 when he took third in both the Superbike and Senior races.

However, Bournemouth Kawasaki team owner is confident the 47-year-old can return to the Superbike podium once more in June.

He said: “It’s absolutely incredible news that we can welcome Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness onto our Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki machinery. To me, John is ‘Mr TT’ and what an honour it is to have our Bournemouth Kawasaki dealership associated with him.

“We both know there’s a big job ahead of us to be ready for the new season but it’s one that we know will be great fun. Hopefully, we can put John McGuinness back on the podium at the Isle of Man TT, the place where we know he belongs.”