Isle of Man TT hero John McGuinness will race in the British Superbike Championship at the end of August, it has been confirmed.
He will ride for HM Plant Honda at the Cadwell Park round of the series on August 29-31.
McGuinness had another fantastic TT, taking his 15th TT victory in the Dainese Superbike race as well as setting a new outright lap record on the HM Plant Honda Superbike, covering a lap of the 37.73 mile Mountain course at an average speed of 131.578mph during the Pokerstars Senior TT.
The Morecambe star will ride alongside Karl Muggeridge, the pair replacing the team’s regular riders Josh Brookes and Glen Richards. Richards is recovering from a broken leg and Brookes is serving a two race ban following an incident at the Mallory Park round.
McGuinness, who tested the CBR1000RR Fireblade alongside Steve Brogan last week, said:
‘I have not had much opportunity to ride a Superbike on track as my main experience on it is from road racing. I have had a few rides in BSB before, but this is a great opportunity for me. Honda has been loyal to me and it feels good to have been offered the chance.’
‘I was a bit nervous before the test, more than I was before the Isle of Man races actually, as I didn't really know what to expect. HM Plant Honda is a well respected team, this is a good chance for me and I'd like to thank Neil (Tuxworth) for giving me the opportunity.’
‘I have no stone unturned on the roads for Honda and I have had a good season so far in Superstock with the Padgetts team. Seeing how Brogie and Richard Cooper rode at Mallory Park was quite inspirational for me, so I want to put on a good performance at Cadwell Park in a few weeks' time and do us all proud.’
HM Plant Honda Team Manager Havier Beltran added:
‘Rider changes mid-season are never ideal for riders or the team, but we're in the situation we're in and we fully intend to just try and make the most of a less than ideal situation and get on with the job.’
‘John is familiar with the HM Plant Honda Superbike from the TT and North West 200 and this, coupled with his strong performance during our team test at Cadwell last week, secured him the BSB seat at the team's home round.’
‘All in all, we feel we're fielding a strong line-up for the next two rounds.’