On the back of a successful North West 200, the Honda TT Legends team continues its road racing season with its namesake event – the Isle of Man TT.
The practice sessions for the world-famous road racing spectacular begin this evening, with 17-times winner John McGuinness and 2011 fastest newcomer Simon Andrews representing the Honda TT Legends in the Superbike class.
McGuinness stormed to victory in both Superbike battles in 2011 to take his tally of wins to 17. The ‘Morecambe Missile’ still holds the outright TT lap record and will be looking to defend his title as fastest man around the 37-mile circuit, as well as adding to his victory count aboard the Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR Fireblade.
Team-mate Simon Andrews made an impressive debut at last year’s event, posting a 125mph+ lap in the Senior race that saw him become best newcomer of 2011 and the second fastest TT debutante of all time. Having secured a notable fourth place in the second Superbike race at his first ever North West 200 just nine days ago, the Evesham rider is confident that he is ready to take on the TT and improve on his results.
McGuinness and Andrews will compete for the Honda TT Legends in the Superbike race on Monday 4 June and the Senior TT on Friday 8 June. Andrews will also compete in the Superstock class under the Honda TT Legends banner, alongside the team’s EWC rider Gary Johnson.
John McGuinness I’m always nervous getting on the bike and heading out on the lap again for the first time each year, but I know that as soon as I get out there I’ll love it. The weather has been beautiful over the past few days and we couldn’t ask for a better start. When the sun is out, the crowds start arriving and the atmosphere gets going it’s just magic. Let’s hope it stays like this and we can give the fans a good show.
Simon Andrews I’m a bit nervous ahead of going out on the superbike for the first time this evening, but I’m excited as well and I can’t wait to get out there. I did a couple of laps on Saturday and I still have a lot to learn, especially at high speeds on the superbike, There are definitely sectors where I can make improvements and if I can do that I am sure I can better last year’s performance.
Neil Tuxworth We’ve just come away from a very successful North West 200, where John and Simon did extremely well and this is always a good indication of the performance we can expect at the TT. They are both riding with confidence and I am certain that they are capable of achieving good results in the Superbike category. In the Superstock class we have Simon and Gary competing under the team’s colours and again, I am confident that they will do a good job.
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TV coverage Coverage of the event will be shown on ITV4 (Freeview channel 28, cable channel 117 and Sky channel 120).
ITV4 Schedule: Monday, May 28, 9pm – John McGuinness TT Legend Tuesday, May 29, 9pm – TT Record Breakers Thursday, May 31, 8pm – The Final Countdown Thursday, May 31, 9pm – Preview Show Friday, June 1, 9pm – Practice Show Saturday, June 2, to Thursday, June 7 (inclusive), 9pm – Race Highlights Friday, June 8, 10pm – Senior Race Highlights Monday, June 11, 8pm – Event Review 1 Monday, June 11, 9pm – Event Review 2 Please note the schedule is subject to alteration. Check listings for latest details.
International coverage: Discovery Turbo (US and Canada) Network 10 (Australia) Antenna 3 (Spain)
Practice and race week schedule
Practice week (All sessions scheduled to start at 6.20pm and end no later than 9pm. Schedules are subject to change)
Monday, May 28 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying Sidecar Qualifying
Tuesday, May 29 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying Supersport/Lightweight/ Newcomers (all solo classes) Qualifying Sidecar Qualifying
Wednesday, May 30 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying Sidecar Qualifying
Thursday, May 31 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all solo classes) Qualifying Sidecar Qualifying
Friday, June 1 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/ Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying Sidecar Qualifying
Saturday, June 2 11am – Dainese Superbike TT Race 2pm – Sure Sidecar TT Race 1 Supersport/Lightweight Qualifying
Monday, June 4 10.45am – Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 Sidecar Qualifying 2pm – Royal London 360 Superstock TT Race
Wednesday, June 6 10.45am – SES TT Zero Challenge 1pm – Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 3.15pm – Sure Sidecar TT Race 2 Senior Qualifying Lightweight Qualifying
Friday, June 8 10.45am – BikerPetition.co.uk Lightweight TT Race 1.30pm – PokerStars Senior TT Race
*All details are subject to change. Further details will be released ahead of the event.