McGuinness suffers fitness ‘setback’ as TT clock ticks down
John McGuinness’ hopes of returning to racing at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races are in doubt once more with the 23-time winner revealing he’s suffered a setback in his recovery from a badly broken leg.
The Morecambe Missile sustained a compound fracture of his tibia and fibia and lost 50mm of bone at last year’s North West 200 in May. The 140mph crash, caused by a technical issue with the Honda Fireblade’s ECU, resulted in McGuinness being fitted with an external fixator for nine months.
The cage was removed at the beginning of March with the bone having successfully grown and McGuinness was given the go-ahead that the leg could be full-weight bearing again whilst he was at the official TT launch on the 21st March.
However, in a short posting on his Twitter page on Wednesday evening, he stated ‘Not sure what to sa. Unfortunately my leg has had a bit of a setback, sorry not said soone. I’ve just been trying to get my head around it all first. To say I’m gutted is an understatement.’
McGuinness is due to campaign Norton’s SG7 in both the Superbike and Senior races whilst recent deals had also seen him secure rides with Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki team for the Lightweight race and Michael Dunlop’s MD Racing squad for the two Supersport encounters.
It’s not known at this stage what the extent of the set back is and if McGuinness will definitely be ruled out of the action around the Mountain Course.