John McGuinness’s crashes are more serious than initially reported, Honda Racing says.
Last week, after McGuinness crashed in the Superbike practice session for the North West 200 street circuit race. He was brought to hospital with what was initially thought to be a broken leg.
Now, Honda is reporting McGuinness has a compound fracture in his lower right leg, along with four broken vertebrae and three broken back ribs. He’s expected to be in hospital for about a week recovering, and Honda says he’ll be in a cast for up to six weeks. So, don’t expect him at the Isle of Man TT.
The news is a huge blow to the Honda street circuit team, as Big Red was hoping its new CBR1000 SP2 would prove to be the weapon that brought it respect in this year’s campaign. Now, Honda is still trying to figure out what caused McGuinness’s crash, and there’s word the other team member, Guy Martin, also had some issues with his machine. If Martin is reduced to racing last year’s machinery at the IOMTT, and McGuiness is out, it’s a very grim outlook.