During “TT Day” at the Motorcycle Live event held in Birmingham last week, Honda Racing announced that 23-time TT winner John McGuinness and Conor Cummins will remain with its team for the 2016 international road racing campaign.The “Morecambe Missile” McGuinness and the “Ramsey Rocket” Cummins will both pilot Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machinery during the 2016 Isle of Man TT, the North West 200 and the Macau Grand Prix. Cummins will also pilot a CBR1000RR during the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix.
As McGuinness looks to match – or break – the late Joey Dunlop’s record of 26 TT wins, there will be much focus on him during the 2016 Isle of Man TT. At the 2015 IOM TT, McGuinness set a new outright lap record of 132.701mph around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course.John McGuinness says “2014 was a tough year for me so coming into 2015 I was determined to get my confidence back and show that there was still life in the old dog! I think I proved that in the Senior TT and managed to silence some critics who thought that my career was over!“Smashing the lap record was the best feeling, but I know that there’s some great competition out there who are looking to take that from me. I’m confident in the Fireblade, and also myself, I know I have a good package to get back out there next year and do it again. The Honda team is like a family to me and the continued support means everything.”As for Cummins, the 29-year-old earned to podium positions at the 2016 Ulster GP, though he didn’t do too well in the TT or North West races.Conor Cummins says: “2015 was a mixed season for me, I didn’t really get the results I wanted at the North West or the TT, but it all came together at the Ulster and leaving with two second-places was great.“The Fireblade is a great machine and I’m so happy to be back with Honda Racing again for now my third year. I feel like 2016 could be my year, I have two-years experience with the CBR now under my belt and looking forward to seeing what the season brings.”In addition to their commitments with the official Honda Racing squad, McGuinness and Cummins will race with the private Jackson Racing team on Honda’s CBR600RR in the Supersport class at the NW200 and TT. The duo will also compete in the 2016 Endurance World Championship Superstock class aboard the Fireblade SP and Cummins will compete for Jackson Racing in the Superstock class on the roads, Honda reports.Neil Tuxworth, Honda Racing Manager, says “We’re pleased to be keeping both John and Conor for our 2016 road racing campaign. Our relationship with John is like family now and is proven to reap results.“What he did in the Senior TT was unbelievable and to achieve a near sub-17 minute lap was phenomenal. Conor continues to impress us with his work ethic and attitude, there’s no doubt that he’s hungry for success and puts in 100% effort on and off the bike. We’re looking forward to 2016 and seeing what we can do in the road racing events.”
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!