John McGuinness

Lexelle’s John McGuinness has described Saturday’s North West 200 was one of the toughest races of his career after his injured wrist prevented him from finishing on the podium.

The 20-time TT winner endured a challenging International North West 200 meeting after struggling with the back-to-back qualifying sessions.

John opted out of Thursday evening’s Superstock and Supersport races to rest his wrist in preparation for Saturday’s feature race day but the weather added further problems as the North coast was hit by frequent showers.

Despie pulling out of both the Superbike races, he dug deep in the second Supersport race to cross the line in 12th place.

“It’s been a really tough few days and nothing like how I’d hoped,” said John.

“I knew it was going to be a big ask to run at the sharp end straightaway but I just wasn’t able to push as hard as I’d have liked and the situation’s worse here due to all the heavy braking points around the course.

“I’ve had a long time out of the saddle and the back-to-back practice sessions took their toll, which was why I decided to sit Thursday evening out to allow the wrist to recover in time for Saturday.”

With practice for the TT getting underway in less than 10 day’s time, John will now be working hard on his fitness with intense physio planned as he looks to give himself the best possible chance of success on the Isle of Man.

“It’s my main event of the year and I want to put on the best possible show I can so, rest assured, I’ll be working hard this next week and making sure I get plenty of physio to allow me to push hard throughout the fortnight,” he added.

John’s first practice session for the Isle of Man TT is scheduled to be Monday 26th May.