McGuinness bidding to be fully fit for Isle of Man TT

John McGuinness battles the wet weather during the Superbike race at the North West 200. Picture: Rod Neill
John McGuinness battles the wet weather during the Superbike race at the North West 200. Picture: Rod Neill

John McGuinness is facing a battle to be fully fit for this year’s Isle of Man TT.

The Morecambe Missile saw his efforts at last weekend’s North West 200 frustrated as he continues his recovery from a broken wrist suffered in a dirt bike accident in March.

And with first practice on the famous Mountain Course beginning on Monday, May 26, the 20-time TT winner faces a tough week of physio as he tries to give himself the best chance of success at his most important event of the season. The 42-year-old Honda Racing rider said: “All I can do is put it behind me and focus all my efforts on getting in the best possible shape for the TT.

“It’s my main event of the year and I want to put on the best possible show I can so, rest assured, I’ll be working hard this week and making sure I get plenty of physio to allow me to push hard throughout the fortnight.”

McGuinness struggled with the hectic schedule in Northern Ireland, coming away with a 12th-placed finish in Saturday’s second Supersport race.

Two victories and two second places for Michael Dunlop mean he looks like the man to beat once again having won four of five solo races at the 2013 Isle of Man TT.