Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness will not be able to take part in this year’s Isle of Man TT after being diagnosed with four broken vertebrae, broken ribs and a compound leg fracture after a crash at the North West 200 yesterday.
McGuinness went down at Primrose Hill during Superbike qualifying and was immediately taken to Belfast Hospital. Surgeons were due to operate on his leg last night but found the damage too extensive to plate so he will have an external fixator attached tomorrow.
The Morecambe Missile will wear a cast for up to six weeks in treatment for the back injuries and will remain at Royal Victoria Hospital for around one week as part of the recuperation process.
“Unfortunately John’s incident at Primrose Hill during qualifying has resulted in quite a substantial injury to his right tibia and fibula. It is a real blow to John and the team, but he’s got an incredible amount of spirit and is in very good hands with the medical staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital,” said team boss Jonny Twelvetrees.
“We now need to determine what happened and will sit out the Superstock and Superbike races, get back to Louth to analyse John’s bike and re-group ahead of our next test at Castle Combe in a couple of weeks before we head to the Isle of Man.”
The team have withdrawn from tomorrow’s North West 200 races and will analyse data from McGuinness’ Fireblade at their Louth HQ.