Championship points for John McGuinness and Honda TT Legends

John McGuinness Suzuka

Lexelle-sponsored John McGuinness helped the Honda TT Legends team to their first points in the 2013 Endurance World Championship with a ninth place finish at the Eight Hours of Oschersleben in Germany.

The round three result saw the team pick up 16 points to sit 15th in the standings.

The race got off to a good start with Michael Rutter and Simon Andrews taking the first and second stints and when McGuinness took to the bike, the team were up to sixth place from 11th on the grid.

Unfortunately, a fuelling issue saw the team drop to 17th as McGuinness was forced to push the bike back to the pits.

A determined battle ensued with the riders and crew pushing hard for the remaining four hours.

Consistent lap times and efficient pit stops saw the team re-claim eight places to eventually finish the race in ninth overall and sixth in the EWC category.

McGuinness admitted there were mixed emotions for the team.

He said: “You can’t help but be a bit disappointed for the whole team because everyone puts so much effort and hard work in so when you suffer a setback like we did today it’s frustrating.

“It would have been nice to have a trouble-free race this time and get the result I think we deserve, but a finish is a finish and we have to be happy that we pulled it back after the problem and scored some points to get on the championship ladder.”

The next outing for the Honda TT Legends will be the final round of the 2013 Endurance World Championship – the Le Mans 24 Hour in France on 21/22 September.