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Honda confirms Guy Martin and John McGuinness for IoM TT 2017

John McGuinness and Guy Martin will compete in the Tourist Trophy races this summer. Photo: guymartinracing.co.uk

Honda Racing has confirmed their duo for this year's Isle of Man TT races will be Guy Martin and John McGuinness.

The news comes after rumours were claiming Guy was making a comeback via a new Fireblade - which Honda has confirmed will be a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

The previous Fireblade SP2 rode by John was proven to be the most successful 1000cc machine ever at the TT.

Guy did not take part in last year's races, following a crash in August 2015 at the Ulster Grand Prix which left him with serious injuries.

Honda Racing manager Neil Tuxworth said of the pairing: "We have a strong team ready to tackle the roads this year. Guy is hungry for his first TT win and John wants another and his lap record back."

John and Guy will also pair up for the North West 200 series in Northern Ireland.

Guy Martin will return to the TT via a new Honda Superbike SP2 model. Credit: guymartinracing.co.uk

I of course would like another TT win and I would quite like my lap record back! I always say when it’s broken that the lads are just borrowing it and I hope this year that this is the case. I am sad to say bye to the old Fireblade; I have a lot of history and good memories with that bike, but testing the new model can’t come soon enough and neither can the race season. I’m excited to have Guy as my new team-mate; we’ve enjoyed many a racing battle over the years and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can both do.

– John McGuinness, Honda Racing
Credit: hondaproracing.com

Neil [Tuxworth] has been talking to me for a while about joining the team, but I had a lot of thinking to do before I committed and said yes. I spent a lot of time on my push bike to and from work, thinking about what to do. I didn’t want to grow old regretting not giving the Honda a go, and the more time passes since making the decision, the more time I’ve thought it is the right decision. Honda is a great team and the Fireblade has always been a weapon on the roads, so with the new bike, I‘m keen to give it a go. We’ve got a busy testing schedule coming up and I’ve put some other stuff off to make time. John [McGuinness] is the man, I’ve got massive respect for him and I’m looking forward to racing on the Fireblade against him.

– Guy Martin, Honda Racing