Honda has lined-up arguably its most experienced squad for the 2013 Isle of Man TT races, with McGuinness, Rutter and Michael Dunlop in the new-look squad.
Nineteen-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness will be joined by two-time TT victor Michael Rutter and three-time TT race winner Michael Dunlop to form a three-man Superbike squad for the TT in 2013 that will also tackle the NW200.
Honda TT Legends will also draw in experienced men Cameron Donald and Simon Andrews alongside Rutter and McGuinness for the four-round Endurance World Championship in 2013.
Honda TT legends team manager, Neil Tuxworth said: “We’re very pleased to have a really strong team both for World Endurance and the road races this year. The team that we’ve put together for both disciplines means we are in a much stronger position than last year. Looking at the road racing, we’ve haven’t run a three-man squad for a number of years now. It’s quite significant that not only are we running three riders but we are bringing Michael Dunlop in as one of those three. He’s a young rider that already has three TT wins under his belt and we feel that he is the future of road racing. With Dunlop, McGuinness and Rutter – who of course have both been very successful on the roads – we have a very strong line-up for 2013.”
McGuinness said: “I’m really pleased to be involved with the team again. For the Endurance, I know the tracks, I know the bike and we’re ready to start upping our game even more. We’ve done well during the development stage over the last couple of years but this is the year for us to fight for the podium and challenge for the championship. As for the roads, it’s second nature for me now. I love working with the same crew that I’ve been with for so many years. The whole package just works and I don’t want to change that. I’m ready to get stuck in and hopefully get some more wins.
Winner of the Superstock race on board a Kawasaki at last year’s NW200, Michael Rutter said: “I’m really excited to be riding with the Honda TT Legends next year. Endurance is not something I have done before so that’s going to be a great experience and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do there. I’ve obviously got a history with the Louth-based team as I did BSB and the roads with them for a couple of years in 2004/2005, so I’m familiar with the Fireblade and I know the crew well. It will be good to be back with the team and I’m really happy back with Honda.”