John McGuinness, the 23-time Isle of Man winner, has been signed up by MD Racing team to race in the Monster Energy Supersport races in the 2018 season of Isle of Man TT. John will be racing a Honda CBR 600RR in the four-lap race on 4-6 June.
MD Racing is Michael Dunlop’s team, and it would great to watch two renowned racers racing together. Michael will be on the same Honda CBR600RR as John.
Speaking about the tie-up, John said, “I’m excited to be riding Michael’s bike at this year’s TT. It’s started off as a bit of a joke conversation between us both and has developed into him going off and building me a bike. I’m a big fan of Michael both as a rider but also for what he has done in terms of running his own teams and winning races out the back of his van against the factory teams over the years. The Dunlop name means so much to TT fans and as a fan myself, I can’t wait to represent that name at this year’s event. We’ve won 38 TT’s between us so together we know what needs to be done and I’m sure we will be right at the sharp end.”
John will be making a comeback to the IOM TT this year. He was unable to attend the 2017 season due to his injuries sustained at the North West 200. John also signed up a deal with Norton to participate in the Superbike class and Senior TTs, and he also partnered up with the KMR/IEG Kawasaki team for the Bennetts Lightweight TT. John is also eyeing to participate in the electric TT Zero event, riding a Mugen Shinden electric superbike.
John adds further, “I hadn’t ever really planned on building another bike, but when John started talking to me about it, I thought it was a great idea and I couldn’t really say no. It’s good for me, it’s good for my team and no matter who you are, the man has won 23 TT races so there is always going to be something that can be learnt by having him in working alongside you. People don’t see him as a 600cc rider, but he’s won races and had lots of podium finishes on a 600cc bike and I will give him a bike capable of winning on.”