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McGuinness: ‘Things are getting on top of me’

Crowds watch as Honda Racing's John McGuinness rounds the Bungalow section of the TT circuit. Picture: Rod Neill

Crowds watch as Honda Racing's John McGuinness rounds the Bungalow section of the TT circuit. Picture: Rod Neill

John McGuinness admits injury problems and changeable weather conditions have got the better of him after a tough start to this year’s Isle of Man TT.

The 20-time winner on the Mountain Course suffered a broken wrist and ribs as well as leg and liver injuries in a dirtbike accident in March.

He was always battling to be fully bit for his main event of the year and has been frustrated with seventh in Saturday’s Superbike opener and 15th in Monday’s Supersport race.

Speaking on Monday, the 42-year-old said: “I’m a bit disappointed today and it’s another one I’ve got to take on the chin.

“I thought I’d be in a stronger position in the Supersport class than I was the Superbike race but it didn’t happen and 15th isn’t a position I’m used to.

“It just reflects where I am at the moment with my injury.

“We all want more and I’m struggling a bit with my confidence as well as with the injury so there’s a couple of things getting on top of me.”

Poor weather on Monday meant the four-lap Superstock race, where McGuinness will ride the Valvoline Racing/Padgetts Honda, was moved back to Tuesday at 12.15pm.

Racing then continues with the TT Zero for electric bikes and the second Supersport race on Wednesday before the blue riband Senior TT on Friday which the Morecambe Missile won last year to deny Michael Dunlop five race wins out of five.

 

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