Honda have made their first official update about the status of John McGuinness’ injury and the future of the Honda Racing team for 2017.
In the statement, Honda confirm that McGuinness has been diagnosed with a compound fracture to the bottom of this right leg and that, whilst initially the procedure was to plate the bones, this has not been possible. This means that an external fixator (essentially a metal splint) will be fitted to John McGuinness and it’s believed he’ll be in a cast for up to six weeks.
Honda have also confirmed that McGuinness suffered four broken vertebrae and three broken ribs in the accident at the NW200 earlier this week.
With regards to the remainder of the NW200 races – and Guy Martin’s appearances for the team in the Superbike and Superstock – Honda have withdrawn from any further participation in the event, pending a full investigation into any potential mechanical issues with the Honda CBR1000RR.
The statement does go on to mention that the preparations for the Isle of Man TT will continue with a testing session at Castle Combe in a fortnight’s time. However, with the TT just weeks away and with John McGuinness having external apparatus fitted in order to help his leg heal, it’s now looking likely that the King of the Mountain will miss the 2017 event.
The full statement is below:
Honda Racing has an update regarding John McGuinness, following his incident at the North West 200 Superbike qualifying on Thursday, May 11.
John has been diagnosed with a compound fracture to his right lower leg, while in theatre on Thursday night it was not possible to plate the leg as initially thought due to the extent of the injury, and tomorrow an external fixator will be fitted. In addition, John has also suffered four broken vertebrae and has three broken back ribs, John will wear a cast for up to six weeks in treatment for the vertebrae. John will remain at Royal Victoria Hospital for around one week as part of the recuperation process.
Honda Racing has received John’s bike from the race organisers and will perform a detailed analysis of the bike and ECU data at its headquarters in Louth. As a result, the team has withdrawn from the Superstock and Superbike races at the North West 200.
The team will next be on track at Castle Combe in a couple of weeks’ time as part of its preparation for the Isle of Man TT.
Jonny Twelvetrees, team manager:
“Unfortunately John’s incident at Primrose Hill during qualifying has resulted in quite a substantial injury to his right Tibia and Fibula. It is a real blow to John and the team, but he’s got an incredible amount of spirit and is in very good hands with the medical staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital. We now need to determine what happened and will sit out the Superstock and Superbike races, get back to Louth to analyse John’s bike and re-group ahead of our next test at Castle Combe in a couple of weeks before we head to the Isle of Man.”