Honda Racing withdraws from NW200

Honda Racing pulls out of the remainder of the Vauxhall International North West 200 and gives an update on John McGuinness’s condition.

Honda Racing team has withdrawn from the remainder of the Vauxhall International North West 200 and have given an update on John McGuinness’s condition after his crash in qualifying on Thursday. 

A statement from the factory Honda squad confirms McGuinness has suffered a badly broken right leg which requires an external fixator, four broken vertebrae and three broken back ribs.

Upon receiving McGuinness’s bike from the North West 200 organisers, the team is looking over his bike’s data to understand the cause and extent of the crash and as a result has withdrawn from the rest of the event. 

The statement said: “Honda Racing has an update regarding John McGuinness, following his incident at the North West 200 Superbike qualifying on Thursday, May 11. 

“John has been diagnosed with a compound fracture to his right lower leg, while in theatre on Thursday night it was not possible to plate the leg as initially thought due to the extent of the injury, and tomorrow an external fixator will be fitted. 

“In addition, John has also suffered four broken vertebrae and has three broken back ribs. John will wear a cast for up to six weeks in treatment for the vertebrae. John will remain at Royal Victoria Hospital for around one week as part of the recuperation process. 

“Honda Racing has received John's bike from the race organisers and will perform a detailed analysis of the bike and ECU data at its headquarters in Louth. As a result, the team has withdrawn from the Superstock and Superbike races at the North West 200. The team will next be on track at Castle Combe in a couple of weeks time as part of its preparation for the Isle of Man TT.”

Jonny Twelvetrees, Honda Racing team manager, says his squad is undergoing a full investigation into the crash and hope to re-group ahead of next month’s Isle of Man TT.

“Unfortunately John's incident at Primrose Hill during qualifying has resulted in quite a substantial injury to his right Tibia and Fibula,” Twelvetrees said. “It is a real blow to John and the team, but he's got an incredible amount of spirit and is in very good hands with the medical staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

“We now need to determine what happened and will sit out the Superstock and Superbike races, get back to Louth to analyse John's bike and re-group ahead of our next test at Castle Combe in a couple of weeks before we head to the Isle of Man.”

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