Honda signs McGuinness for Isle Of Man TT and North West 200 – Roadracing World Magazine

McGuinness back on the blade as he leads Honda’s charge on the roads in 2022

Honda Racing UK is delighted to confirm that ‘TT Legend’ John McGuinness will return to Honda machines in 2022 alongside Glenn Irwin on the roads, as the team looks forward to launching the victorious CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in both the North Races West 200 and Isle of Man TT.

John, who does not need to be introduced to road racing fans, has a vast and extremely successful history with Honda, having achieved 12 of the 20 TT wins the CBR1000RR Fireblade has amassed, where Honda still holds the distinction of most successful manufacturer in the history of Isle of Man TT racing, with 189 wins, 65 ahead of their closest rival.

John returns to Honda with the brand celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fireblade. Updates from the Fireblade 2022 focus on acceleration and mid-point handling, plus an iconic color scheme in homage to the original ’92 Fireblade, which John will line up at the TT as the ‘Morecambe Missile ‘celebrates its 100th TT race start.

Four-time North West 200 Superbike winner and TT newcomer Glenn Irwin join John on the road. Originally supposed to have made his Isle of Man debut in 2020, Glenn had to wait two years with the event being canceled due to the global pandemic, where without an international road race, Glenn developed the Fireblade SP in the British Superbike Championship. with several victories and podiums.

The Honda Racing UK team will compete in both the Superstock and Superbike categories of the NW200 and IOMTT races, as well as the Blue-riband Senior TT, which John last won in 2015 aboard the Fireblade.

John and Glenn will be at Motorcycle Live, the UK’s largest motorcycle show, on Saturday 11 December, alongside the 2022 Fireblade SP which will make its UK debut when the show opens on Saturday 4 December.

2022 road race calendar:

May 8 – 14 – Northwest 200

May 28 – June 11 – Isle of Man TT Races

John McGuinness:

What to say really is like coming home with the family! I’ve been in talks for a while with Neil and Harv and it’s just something that looks good on me; it’s the 30th anniversary of the Fireblade, I’ll be 50 and celebrate my 100th TT start as well, so I feel like it’s supposed to be. I had a lot of success on the roads with the Honda and worked with Harv at the time with HM Plant Honda so I can’t wait to get back to the set-up and get started. I tried the Fireblade earlier this year and was impressed with it on the track so I can’t wait to hit the roads and see how it goes. It’s going to be a special year with everything going on and also just getting back to the North West 200 and the TT and everyone running there again – can’t wait to be there!

Glenn Irwin:

Finally, I will make my long awaited debut in TT with Honda! We are now more familiar with the new Fireblade and the team is more familiar; I like having the comfort at home as such and continuing with the bike and the same team, I think, puts us in a better position of mind. We still have no goals set and no expectations for the Isle of Man TT, we are going there to learn and enjoy. It’s amazing to have someone like John as a teammate on the roads, he’s someone I admire and he’s probably the second best TT rider after another Honda-man Joey! To have this opportunity to be able to learn from him and be part of the team, to see everything with his own eyes and to learn from him by experiencing the ‘McGuinness factor’ is something that really excites me! On the other hand, we go to the North West 200 where we can work together and I think we can realistically set goals there. wins. We are well aware that we haven’t been in a few years, but like everyone else, we will be going and doing our homework. Of course the Honda team are the best to race with on the road, and BSB, and hopefully we can get our feet wet during practice and if we feel confident consider adding to the NW200 wins.

Havier Beltran – Team Manager, Honda Racing UK:

I’m so excited that we were able to work with John on a deal for 2022, it’s going to be an exciting season for all of us with the 30th anniversary of the Fireblade and the 100th departure of John TT, and for him to do so in return with Honda made perfect sense. Honda has so much history with John at TT and 12 of the 20 CBR1000RR Fireblade wins have been with him, so for us this is all really back to basics. We also have Glenn, who is finally making his TT debut, which has been a long time coming, but we’re all very excited for that and to see how he fares. There is absolutely no pressure on Glenn, it’s about learning and finding your way in TT, and with John’s experience, I don’t think he can ask a better teammate to learn. . From Honda’s perspective, this will be the first time that Honda UK returns to the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT races since 2010, so we’re all excited to be back on the road with the new Fireblade.

Neil Fletcher – Head of Motorcycles, Honda UK

We are absolutely delighted to be returning to the international road racing program after the challenges of the past few years, especially since 2021 would have been the 60th anniversary of Honda’s first TT victory with Mike Hailwood in 1961. Quite simply, the Isle of Man The TT is an integral part of Honda’s DNA and continuing this story with a returning ‘TT Legend’ like John who can also help and support Glenn in his first year is a really exciting time for we. With all the success John has had with Honda, it just seems like his 100th Isle of Man start is on the last Fireblade. We are also very excited to head to the North West 200 and are confident that the combination of Glenn and John aboard the latest Fireblade will measure up, both having won the race on multiple occasions. I’m delighted that our 2022 race plans, including the recently announced BSB rider roster, are now complete and can’t wait for the road and short circuit seasons to begin!

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