John McGuinness Fields His Own Team in the Superstock TT 2016

John McGuinness landing his Honda at Ballaugh Bridge 1 photo
Photo: Jensen Beeler
TT legendary rider John "Mr. Pint" McGuinness is once more going to field his own team in the 2016 edition of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. In 2015, McGuinness also ran his own team in the Superstock class, with backing from EMC2, and it looks like this is becoming a thing.
This year, McGuinness rode his Honda to the eighth place in the Superstock category, and it looks like he feels that there is so much more to do to improve this result. For the 2016 Superstock TT, McGuinness will also line up the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machinery at the start.

For 2016, McGuinness' CBR1000RR SP Fireblade is also scheduled to take starts in more road racing competitions that include the North West 200 and the Scarborough Gold Cup. Taking part in the latter will also mark 25 years since John made his debut in this iconic road race.

The Honda CBR1000RR SP Fireblade is not exactly the favorite machine

A rider who has tied his name to Honda, McGuinness hopes to overcome the slight handicap the CBR1000RR SP Fireblade has in terms of power.

The competition's machinery is significantly brawnier, with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and the BMW S1000RR battling at the top of the charts. Still, despite the lesser power, McGuinness still has an edge in the battle around the Snaefell Mountain, as his huge expertise represents a major advantage.

John McGuinness is one of the most successful riders in the Isle of Man TT, with 23 victories, three less than the absolute King of the Mountain, Joey Dunlop. In the Superstock class, McGuinness won the 2012 race astride the Padgetts Racing Honda CBR. He finished second in the class in 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2011.

We certainly can't rule him out of the battle for the podium next year, simply because, regardless of the bike he rides, he is the Morecambe Missile.
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