McGuinness ‘hungry for more’ in Honda roads return

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Road racing royalty John McGuinness MBE will be Honda powered once again for 2023 as the team returns to the NW200 and Isle of Man TT.

Returning to ride for the manufacturer with whom he has amassed 16 of his 23 total TT wins, McGuinness will be joined by rising star and Manxman Nathan Harrison for the International Road Racing season.

The most successful manufacturer to have raced at the TT, Honda continues its relationship with the ‘Morecambe Missile’ after a history-making 2022 saw Honda celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fireblade, whilst McGuinness recorded his 100th TT start.

“Riding a Fireblade again at the TT last year was something special so it only felt right to continue for another year,” McGuinness admitted. “I couldn’t feel more at home with the Honda team so I need to say a massive thank you to Harv and Neil.

“Celebrating 100 TT starts with the team and riding with that one-off livery and all of the history that we have was really something else. We also managed to crack the top five last year on the superbike, which was great, but I’m hungry for more. I just want to get started now and go racing again!

Lining up alongside his childhood idol, Harrison enters the team fresh from his first outing at the Senior TT in 2022 where he recorded a 128.087 MPH lap and placed 10th aboard the Isle of Man Steam Packet Fireblade. However, the 24-year-old is no stranger to racing on the island, having amassed wins and podiums at the Manx Grand Prix since recovering from a horror crash at the age of 16.

“To race alongside John and to ride in the Honda Racing UK team has always been a dream of mine,” Harrison said. “Coming from a Manx family that has always been involved in motorcycling, the TT has always been in my blood.

“Watching the TT as a child with John & Honda dominating, it made me want to be the next ‘John McGuinness’ and that was my full focus.

“I can’t thank Havier & Honda Racing UK enough for the opportunity. It’s only my second ever TT, so to be going into it on a great bike, with the best teammate I could ask for, will be an incredible experience. Hopefully, the long-term plan of where John can teach me things I may not know, learning from the team with the experience they have on the Fireblade and then my own progression, we can make small steps on last year to hopefully get me to that top step in the years to come.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my Mum and Dad for all their support and sacrifice over the years, my sponsors and supporters for sticking by me and helping me to get to this position where I have been given the fantastic opportunity.

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