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http://www.bbc.com/sport/northern-ireland/39886243

 

John McGuinness suffered vertebrae, rib and leg fractures in North West 200 crash

 

 

 
 
John McGuinness in action on his Honda superbike in Tuesday's practice session at the North West 200
McGuinness will miss the Isle of Man TT which starts in two weeks

John McGuinness broke four vertebrae and three ribs in addition to the leg fracture that he sustained in his crash at the North West 200 on Thursday.

Initial reports indicated McGuinness, 45, had sustained a broken leg.

The English rider's Honda team said on Friday that McGuinness would remain in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital for another week.

"John will wear a cast for up to six weeks in treatment for the vertebrae," said the Honda statement.

McGuinness ruled out of Isle of Man TT

McGuinness' injuries mean he will miss the Isle of Man TT which starts in two weeks.

"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," added the Honda statement.

"In addition, John has also suffered four broken vertebrae and has three broken back ribs."

The Englishman has earned 23 career wins at the Isle of Man event which begins with a week of qualifying on 27 May before competition starts on 3 June.

His wins tally puts him second in the all-time TT list behind the legendary late Joey Dunlop, who won 26 times at the Isle of Man meeting.

Honda have opted to also withdraw Guy Martin's bikes from the Superbike and Superstock classes

Martin also out of Superbike and Superstock classes

Following McGuinness' crash, Honda Racing have opted to withdraw their bikes from the Superstock and Superbike events in Saturday's North West 200 races.

English star Guy Martin was scheduled to also compete for the team in both races although he will still race for the Wilson Craig outfit in the Supersport class.

Honda team manager Jonny Twelvetrees said that McGuinness had sustained "a substantial injury to his right tibia and fibula".

"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," added the Honda team boss.

McGuinness has also earned six North West 200 wins during his 27-year career.

Thursday's accident happened at the Primrose Hill section of the course around 20 minutes before the practice session was scheduled to end.

McGuinness dislocated a thumb during a Honda team test at Castle Combe in early April.

Action resumed on Thursday evening at the Northern Ireland road racing meeting when Supersport, Superstock and Supertwins races took place.

There will be five further races on Saturday's main race day at the event.

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So sorry to hear this! Very bad injuries! The vertebrae and rib fractures will surely make for a very painful and long recovery period. 

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This might mean retirement for him.

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Rumor has it it was a fly by wire throttle failure.  It stuck open.  Kinda like the failure Casey Stoner had on a Honda at the Suzuka 8 hours a little while back.  Honda is really dropping the ball on superbike tech these days.

 

I think they're using this as a convenient excuse to withdraw Guy from competition as he's just not measuring up.  Saving Honda face as Guy and John were supposed to be carrying the new SP2 flag into Roads battle this year.  Guy may not be cleared to run at the TT because he doesn't have enough current experience, according to the IoM sanction. We'll see.

 

I think John could make a one year comeback.  Just to get it done.  Though, if he does well, he could be back full time.  Like his heroes the original Dunlop brothers, Robert, and Joey.

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Doesn't have enough current experience?

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On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:59 PM, OhNoItsBonnie! said:

Will guy be racing at the TT at all this year then?

 

Yes.  

Now be quiet, click on dis, and crank the volume!  :D

 

 

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On 5/13/2017 at 7:46 PM, crash said:

Doesn't have enough current experience?

There's some vague expectations of being a competent, and quick, racer in the same year of racing at The TT.  Remember, he took all of last year off.  He's only sorta proved that he's still capable of racing a motorcycle, compared to his previous form.  A full compliment of finished at the NW200, the first of the 3 "international" roads races, would have gone a long way to proving it.  So far he's had some crashes at Oliver's Mount, and a "national" roads race, at Cookstown, under his belt this year.  You gotta understand, the TT license is pretty much an invite only affair now.  You can apply to be invited.  But the organizer decides if you get an entry, and the rules are not cut and dried.

Now, having said all that.  I'm sure the press attention of Guy's big return to the TT will be enough to get him an entry.  Heck, they gave, and continue to give, an entry to Josh "Bowling Ball" Brookes.

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They probably don't like him talking down on the NW200 as well. :)

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Either way....and I know it's kinda "cliché" at this point to be a huge guy martin fan....but I think the dude is cool as hell.   And I'm a cheerin him on for a TT win

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If you guys go you gotta find that left hander where the guy went through on one wheel!

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18 hours ago, crash said:

They probably don't like him talking down on the NW200 as well. :)

Fortunately, those 2 events are run by different groups.

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