McGuinness remains ‘under contract’ with Norton

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Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness is still under contract with the Norton team but is unsure if he will be riding for them in 2020

The Morecambe Missile retired the Norton SG7 from both the RST Superbike and Dunlop Senior Races this year and didn’t complete the Bennetts Lightweight Race on the new Norton Superlight but says he has to get around the table with boss Stuart Garner.

“I can’t really say too much at the minute, I’m still under contract with Norton so I’ve got to get around the table with them to see if we’re going to go forward with that or not,” said McGuinness.

An alternative might be the PBM Panigale V4R he rode in practice and qualifying at Macau. McGuinness has taken a Ducati to the podium before when he rode the MonsterMob 998 to second and third place finishes in the 2003 Senior and Formula 1 TT Races.

“The V4 Ducati was sensational, I really really enjoyed it. I didn’t really know what to expect, I was a bit nervous as they were big shoes to fill with it being the championship winning bike,” said McGuinness.

“It would have been nice to do a little test with it but the first time I rode it was straight out of the pit lane at Macau, but I gelled with the bike straight away.

“It’s funny, every single bike I ride I always think, ‘What would it be like around the Isle of Man?’ and I would be confident to go down Bray Hill tomorrow on that Ducati, that’s for sure. I don’t know, it looks right. It’s got wings on it. I don’t know if that’s good or bad for the TT but I’d be confident to ride it.”