Honda Motor Europe has announced John McGuinness and Conor Cummins will both be back with their roadracing team for 2015.
Cummins performed well for Honda last year, getting a podium at the Northwest 200 roadrace and also earning second in the Senior TT at the Isle of Man. McGuinness, however, had his worst season in a while, after breaking his collarbone in an off-road training crash. He managed to win the TT Zero race on Mugen’s electric bike, and still earned top-10 finishes in the Superbike and Senior TT races, but he’d surely like to see better results in 2015.
Supposedly, McGuinness’s injuries have healed and he’s back in racing shape again. John McPint is not really known for having a high fitness level when compared to other racers, so it’s possible his recovery process was a bit more difficult than what another rider would face.
“There’s no denying that 2014 was a tough year for me,” McGuinness said. “It shook my confidence and held me back but I’m ready to put it all behind me and get back to the business of winning races.”
Cummins said last year he “Achieved a career-long dream in riding for the official Honda team and I just wanted to make the very most of the opportunity I’d been given. I’m thrilled to be staying with the team.”
Honda also says McGuinness and Cummins will ride CBR600s in the Supersport class at the NW200 and IOMTT for the Jackson Racing team, and also pilot a Fireblade SP in the 2015 Endurance World Championship Superstock. Cummins is also going to ride for Jackson in Superstock races.
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If that lead photo is anything to go by, John still has some work ahead in the healing department. Note the brace on his right forearm.
That photo was shot last summer, I assume.