Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 19 May 2014
John McGuinness has said that race day at the North West 200 was one of the toughest days of his career after he retired from both of the day’s Superbike races after struggling with his injured wrist.
McGuinness broke his scaphoid in an enduro accident two months ago and speaking to Bike Social last week, the TT legend said he thought the injury was going to end his career. However, after a strong recovery and quick test at Castle Combe, the Morecambe Missile headed to the North West 200 feeling positive.
After struggling with the back-to-back sessions in qualifying, McGuinness opted to sit out of the opening races on Thursday night in preparation for the main event on Saturday.
The six times North West 200 winner fought on to a twelfth placed finish in the Supersport race before going on to start both Superbike races. Unfortunately McGuinness went on to retire from both scraps, struggling with pain in the injured wrist due to the heavy braking points on the nine mile circuit.
“I’m not going to lie, Saturday was one of the toughest days I’ve ever had in racing” said McGuinness.
“My wrist injury has made things very difficult around this circuit and it was almost impossible for me to push, particularly in the conditions we had. I'm a bit disappointed we were so uncompetitive. I was lacking confidence probably due to the lack if competitive riding.
Last time out competitively was Philip Island (Classic) but normally I'd have done an endurance race, maybe a couple of BSB rounds and some motocross training at this stage of the season.
“I just have to put this behind me and look ahead to the TT. I’ve got another week or so of recovery and physio time so let’s hope I can improve things before we head there.”
McGuinness has been back on track today testing his Mugen Shinden TT zero bike before heading to the Isle of Man later this week, where practice starts on Monday 26th May with racing from Saturday 31st through to Friday June 6th.”