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McGuinness fears for North West 200 after loss of Ulster GP

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness believes that when racing resumes after the lockdown layoff, it may have a different look to it with sponsors potentially having to withdraw due to the recession that’s unfolding.

But, at the same time, he has no doubts the racing will continue, whether it’s at the TT or at BSB level, but fears that some events may not recover.

“I can’t imagine how much it must cost to run a factory BSB team – I wouldn’t want to think about it – so what’s happened to the world this year will certainly be a wake up call for everyone,” McGuinness told bikesportnews.com.


“Racing will carry on and survive though, it always does. I’m not going to lie, I worry a bit about the NW200 having already lost the Ulster GP but I’ve got no doubt that BSB and the TT will continue to be strong in 2021.”

“People are talking about sponsors pulling out and no one having the money to go racing but people always find the money, don’t ask me how but they do. The sport will take one in the slacks, without doubt, and there won’t be as much money flying around as previous years and wages will be lower but so be it.

We’re passionate about what we do so we’ll make it happen and keep the profile up. I’m not sure if the grids will be full but we’ll be racing again, in some form at least.”

For now though, McGuinness is preparing himself for a few more weeks on the sidelines, waiting for something to happen and decisions to be made. And sitting around waiting isn’t something that comes easy to one of the busiest riders in the paddock.

“What’s happened this year could well bring us all together – I know I’ve never talked to people as much – but as racers we need direction, I know I do. Everything is normally mapped out for us in terms of calendars – I know where I’m supposed to be and when at all times and I’ve lost that direction and focus this year.

“I feel like I’m just drifting along and don’t have the focus like I normally do. It’s hard to stay motivated and I’ve even been doing weird things like getting up at 6 in the morning and watching the sun rise.”

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