John McGuinness showed he is back to his best after injury ruined his 2014 season as the Honda Racing rider secured a front row start for Saturday’s two premier Superbike races at the North West 200.
McGuinness qualified third fastest behind Alastair Seeley and Lee Johnston and could be a dark horse on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP in the blue riband class.
The Morecambe man, who last won a Superbike race at the North West in 2012, said: “We’ve got a really solid package with the Superbike and probably one of the best bikes out there.
“I’m really happy to be starting from the front row of the grid on Saturday. I’m feeling great this year; last year was tough with my wrist injury but all that’s behind me now and it’s not causing me any problems.
“We’re solid and I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do on race day.”
His team-mate, Conor Cummins, will start from the third row after posting the ninth quickest time.
The Manx rider was back to his best last season as he finished on the rostrum in the Superbike and Senior TT races.