John McGuinness North West 200 CrashFor many riders, one of the training precursors of the Isle of Man TT is the North West 200. Held on the nearly 9-mile “Triangle” in Norther Ireland, the North West 200 is one of the fastest international road races with top speeds over 200 mph and an average speed of over 120 mph.One of the North West 200 faithful is the “Morecambe Missile” John McGuinness, who has six NW200 race wins. But luck wasn’t on McGuiness’s side during this year’s event.
While qualifying for the race on Thursday, the 23-time Isle of Man TT—only three shy of the record held by the late Joey Dunlop—suffered a hectic crash at the Primrose hill section of the track about 20 minutes before the session ended.The Honda Racing CBR1000RR pilot sustained a compound fracture to his lower right leg, four broken vertebrae and three broken back ribs.McGuinness, 45, 26 of those in racing, was taken to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, where doctors were unable to plate the leg due to the extent of the injury. Doctors will continue working on the leg this weekend.For the vertebrae injury, McGuinness was fitted with cast, which will be in place for up to six weeks. This will cause McGuinness to miss the 2017 Isle of Man TT, which begins with practice on May 27, and ends June 9.McGuinness will remain at the hospital for a week before heading home.