Honda's CBR500R is already one of the most talked about bikes of 2013, but if Honda’s CBR500R wasn’t already cool enough, now 19-times TT winner John McGuinness has confirmed he’ll race on at the 2013 Isle of Man Lightweight TT riding for the RLR racing team.
The Morecambe legend is hoping to add to his tally of two Lightweight victories which he achieved back-to-back on a Honda VFR400 ten years ago.
Team owner Phil Morris said: “We got the new bike delivered last week and we’ve already spent time with it on the dyno. We know we have a lot to do, but it’s an exciting opportunity and John is really up for it. We have a great bike and the best rider so the aim is to be on the top step of the podium this year.”
The top eight positions in the 2012 event, the first TT run for SuperTwin machines, were all secured by Kawasaki riders, but the dynamic of the race is set to change in 2013 with McGuinness’ entry.
McGuinness said: "It was strange sitting on the sidelines last year while the race was on, particularly as the Senior was cancelled as well. It's an interesting class and will present different challenges to the other races but I'm looking forward to having a crack. The team undoubtedly has a lot to do in a short space of time to be ready but I've got every faith in them."