AFTER a lack of results with Norton, John McGuinness has signed with Kawasaki for the Isle of Man TT.
The 23-time TT winner will replace James Hillier at Bournemouth Kawasaki.
James made the decision to move to the OMG squad after a decade of success with the super-slick Kawasaki outfit from the South Coast.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, John said: “For a number of reasons, I wasn’t able to perform to my usual standards at the TT with Norton.
“I want to get back to doing what I love – and that’s enjoying my racing. Road-racing fans might not be aware of how important enjoying racing is for me.
“If I want a bellyful of stress, I can go and get a job in an office somewhere. When I’m enjoying myself at the TT, it means I’m confident, fast and safe. I’m looking forward to feeling that again with the team from Bournemouth Kawasaki.”
John, pictured, leaves Norton after a torrid couple of years with the Donington-based mob.
In 2018 he was sidelined with an injury, breaking a leg that was already as brittle as bone china following a career-challenging crash at the North West 200 in 2017.
Last year was dogged with mechanical failure, leaving him and thousands of fans wanting more.
And more is exactly what they should get.
The Kawasaki ZX-10R is an incredibly capable bike that James Hillier piloted to podiums in Superstock, SuperBike and the blue ribband Senior TT at the most famous road race on the planet.
The hope for race fans is that John’s smooth, 250-esque style will suit the big Kawasaki and give him the chance to get back to the form he showed on the old-generation Honda Fireblade back in 2015. Whether he hits it off immediately with the ZX-10R or not, John will have his work cut out.
The past three years have delivered incredible racing thanks to Peter Hickman (BMW), Dean Harrison (Kawasaki) and a league of extraordinary gentlemen.
The outright lap record currently belongs to Hickman, with an average speed of 135.452mph over the 37-mile mountain course. The 2020 TT runs May 30 to June 12. Check out iomtt.com for all things TT.
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