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McGuinness Makes It MD Racing X2 In 2018 Monster Energy Supersport Races

Yes you read the headline right, John McGuinness will link up with Michael Dunlop’s MD Racing team at TT 2018, for competition in the four lap Monster Energy Supersport races.

Set to pilot like new employer and fellow Mountain Course legend Dunlop, CBR 600RR Honda machinery, 23 times TT winner McGuinness whilst perhaps not most known for his Supersport exploits, TT CV does include two middleweight class wins from 2004 and 2006.

Never to be underestimated, the MD Racing Honda, completes his high profile stable of machinery for TT 2018, having already been confirmed to form part respectively of Norton and KMR Kawasaki’s Mountain Course quests, in the RST Superbike, Pokerstars Senior and Bennetts Lightweight races.

Photo via Michael Dunlop MD Racing – Facebook page

Commenting on linking up with MD Racing, for the Monster Energy Supersport encounters, Morecambe’s McGuinness said:

“I’m excited to be riding Michael’s bike at this year’s TT. It started off as a bit of a joke conversation between us both and has developed into him going off and building me a bike.

I’m a big fan of Michael both as a rider, but also for what he has done in terms of running his own teams and winning races out the back of his van against the factory teams over the years.

The Dunlop name means so much to TT fans and as a fan myself, I can’t wait to represent that name at this year’s event. We’ve won 38 TT’s between us so together we know what needs to be done and I’m sure we will be right at the sharp end.”

Fellow multiple Senior TT champion, and new employer Dunlop added:

“I hadn’t ever really planned on building another bike, but when John started talking to me about it, I thought it was a great idea and I couldn’t really say no.

It’s good for me, it’s good for my team and no matter who you are, the man has won 23 TT races so there is always going to be something that can be learnt by having him in working alongside you.

People don’t see him as a 600cc rider, but he’s won races and had lots of podium finishes on a 600cc bike and I will give him a bike capable of winning on.”

Words by Stevie Rial