John McGuiness Signs with Norton for the 2018 TT3 min read
We are delighted to hear the news that Brand Ambassador John McGuiness has signed with Norton Motorcycles for the 2018 season.
McGuiness, who has 23 career Isle of Man TT wins to his name and is seen as an iconic figure within the motorcycling world, suffered career-threatening injuries while practicing for the Superbike race at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland last summer, so it is fantastic to hear that he will be back on the track for the upcoming season, which starts in May, after he has completed his recovery.
Speaking to Motorcycle news, John said:
“I didn’t want to end my career on top of a golf course! I hate golf, but the truth is I didn’t know whether I would be able to come back as I didn’t know how fit I was going to be. Right now, things are going well. I feel a lot sharper and my head is in gear and ready to go. The plan is to get the cage off my leg by the end of the month and after that we can start working towards getting bike fit and testing.
“I’m definitely ready for a change. I need it! I needed an injection of enthusiasm and I’ve found it with Norton. From the first time I met with Stuart the vibe was there, the passion. I watched Hizzy win on the Norton in 1998 and it was massive. Everyone remembers that! We can’t get carried away, it’s going to be a big job but I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos, I watched the bike out on track last year and it’s clearly a very fast and capable bike and I can tell you there are worse handling bikes out there too, so there’s no reason we can’t do the business if the stars line up right.”
The photos tell you all you need to know – and we are as pleased as John is with this recuperation.
We wish John all the best with his return to full fitness and cannot wait to see him back on a bike later this year!