McGuinness’ Honda Racing spot confirmed for 2015

John McGuinness with new Honda team-mate Conor Cummins. Picture: Dave Kneen - Manx Photos Online

John McGuinness with new Honda team-mate Conor Cummins. Picture: Dave Kneen - Manx Photos Online

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Honda Racing have confirmed John McGuinness will be part of their two-man squad for the 2015 road racing season.

The Morecambe Missile will once again link up with Conor Cummins as the pair compete in the Superbike and Senior classes at the Isle of Man TT and the Superbike races at the North West 200 aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.

The Visitor reported last month that the resort’s 21-time TT winner had told crowds at Bare’s Christmas lights switch-on that he would be staying with Honda despite a frustrating 2014.

McGuinness suffered a broken scaphoid while training on his off-road machine but still secured top-10 places in the Superbike and Senior TT races, as well as a well-deserved victory in the TT Zero class.

He said: “There’s no denying that 2014 was a tough year for me.

“It shook my confidence and held me back but I’m ready to put it all behind me and get back to the business of winning races.

“I’ve said it before but the Honda team is like family to me and that support means everything.

“I can’t wait to get back on the bike and prove that there’s life in the old dog yet.”

Manxman Cummins made an impressive debut with Honda Racing in 2014, securing a brace of podium finishes at the NW200 and the Isle of Man TT, including second place in the Blue Riband Senior TT.

McGuinness and Cummins will also compete for the privately-owned Jackson Racing team aboard the Honda CBR600RR in the Supersport class at the NW200 and TT, as well as contesting the 2015 Endurance World Championship Superstock class aboard the Fireblade SP.

Honda Racing boss Neil Tuxworth said: “We’re very happy to retain both John McGuinness and Conor Cummins for our 2015 road racing campaign.

“It goes without saying that our well-established relationship with John is proven to reap results.

“Last year was tough for him with his injury but he still got some good results.

“He’s very determined and we have every confidence that he’ll come back fighting. He is still very capable of winning races.

“Conor really impressed us in 2014, not just with the results, but also with his work ethic and attitude.

“He’s hungry for success, yet incredibly humble and he really puts in the effort on and off the bike.”