2013 Isle of Man TTThe Honda TT Legends team is once again loaded with talent as it prepares to take on the iconic Isle of Man TT this June.
The team will consists of 19-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, and his teammates that have three TT wins each – Michael Rutter and Michael Dunlop.The three-man team will take on the Superbike and Senior races at the 37.373-mile Mountain Course aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. The riders will be looking to redeem some time on the bike, considering the North West 200 Superbike races were canceled last week due to rain.And of course, all eyes will be on McGuinness, who currently holds the fastest time around the Mountain Course – a 1:31.578 set in 2009.John McGuinness (Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR Fireblade) says: “We were all gutted not to get out on the Superbikes at the North West, so the TT is all the more important this year. As always, I’ll be a bit nervous heading in to the first practice sessions this weekend but as soon as I get on the bike and head out for the first time it will feel like home.“There’s no denying that the young guns are nipping at my heels but I’ll be fighting as hard as any of them. I’ve said it before but when the sun is out there is no better place to be than the Isle of Man TT, so let’s just hope that the weather is good and we can put on a good show for the fans.”Michael Rutter (Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR Fireblade) says: “After the wash-out of the North West I can’t wait to get back to the rock and have a go on the Superbikes. I know the Louth-based team means business on the roads and I’m looking forward to being back with them on the Isle of Man. My team-mates just happen to be two of my biggest rivals, but I’m sure that will make for some good racing, we just need to keep our fingers crossed for good weather.”Michael Dunlop (Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR Fireblade) says: “The North West was a mixed bag for me because I did get a win on the 600, but the weather was horrendous and it was a shame we didn’t get to go out on the big bikes. My machine was going well in practice and I would have been on pole for the race, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at the TT. It’s my favorite road racing circuit and if the weather is good, it’ll be a pretty good show.”Neil Tuxworth (Honda TT Legends Team Manager) says: The North West 200 was hugely disappointing for everyone involved as we didn’t even get to turn a wheel on race day, so we’re looking forward to the TT even more this year. We’ll be running a three-rider line-up in the Superbike and Senior races and it’s one of the strongest line-ups we’ve ever had. McGuinness, Rutter and Dunlop are all proven winners at the TT so we have high hopes in terms of race results this year.”
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