ISLE OF MAN legend John McGuinness will campaign a Norton at this year’s TT. McGuinness will join Josh Brookes in the Superbike and Senior races on a factory V4 Aprilia-engined Norton racer, after years of riding for Honda.
He suffered serious injuries in a crash during practice at the NW200 in 2017 and it was feared it might have ended the 45-year-old’s racing career. Speaking about his new role he said: “It goes without saying I want to win, and I don’t really see any reason why we can’t win. I watched the Norton and it looked a really competitive package. Josh got the bike round at 131mph, so there’s no reason why we can’t run right at the front.”
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McGuinness last won the Senior TT in 2015, breaking the outright lap record with an average speed of more than 132mph. Norton last won a TT in 1992 with Steve Hislop in the saddle of a rotary engined machine.Enjoy more Classic Bike Guide reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.