John McGuinness

John McGuinness

Lexelle-sponsored John McGuinness has confirmed that he will be fit for the start of the international road racing season after fracturing his wrist in a dirt bike crash.

The 20-time Isle of Man TT winner says he will be ready for the Vauxhall International North West 200 on 17th May after having surgery on his damaged wrist in March.

He will also be back in action on the Mountain Course, where John remains the outright lap holder following a new benchmark in 2013 of 131.671mph.

“I have already had a couple of operations on the wrist by one of the top surgeons in the country and he is really happy with the way it all worked out,” said John.

“I have a light cast on the wrist now. I have to let it rest for a few weeks and then I will have a month to get ready for the North West in May.

“We all know that any of us can get hurt riding bikes and racers always look out for each other – that is the way road racing is.

“Things could have been a lot worse because it was a heavy crash in the middle of nowhere.

“I punched a big hole in my helmet and I’ve two black eyes to go with my sore wrist and ribs but time is a great healer and I am well on the road to recovery now.”

John McGuinness has won six times at the North West 200, where he remains a massive favourite with the fans.