McGuinness and Honda TT Legends finish ninth in Germany

John McGuinness in action at Oschersleben on the Honda TT Legends machine. Picture: Honda Racing.
John McGuinness in action at Oschersleben on the Honda TT Legends machine. Picture: Honda Racing.
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John McGuinness’ Honda TT Legends team took ninth place overall in Saturday’s eight-hour race in Oschersleben, Germany.

The result placed the team of the Morecambe Missile, Michael Rutter and Simon Andrews sixth in the Endurance World Championship class to pick up 16 hard-earned points.

With hot and sunny conditions throughout, it was hard work around the 3.6km German circuit during practice and qualifying but the three riders all put in solid performances and with a combined average lap time of 1 minute 29.144 seconds they lined up in 11th on the grid.

The race got off to a good start with Rutter and Andrews taking the first two stints and when McGuinness went out for his first, and the team’s third, they were running in a very strong sixth place.

However, a fuelling issue meant that the Isle of Man TT legend had to push the bike back to the pits and they dropped back to 17th as a result.

Some dogged determination by both the riders and the team saw them battle hard for the remaining four hours and the combination of consistent lap times and efficient pit stops meant they were able to claw back eight places to finish the race in ninth.

McGuinness said: “I’m a bit disappointed with the end result this weekend, more for the team than anything as everyone puts in so much effort and when you get a setback like we did today, it’s very frustrating.

“It would have been nice to have had a trouble-free ride and take a top-six finish overall, which is what I felt we deserved, but we fought back well and finished the race strongly so we have to be happy.”

The Morecambe ace now heads straight to the Isle of Man where, riding a 500cc Paton, he’ll contest the inaugural 500cc Classic TT race.

Practice takes place all week with the four-lap race scheduled for this Saturday, August 24.