Honda has announced that John McGuinness, Steve Plater and Keith Amor will form a new 'TT Legends' team that will compete in the FIM Endurance World Championship, as well as key road racing events.
The team, which will be known as 'Honda TT Legends', will see McGuinness race full-time in the 2011 Endurance series, as well as taking in the blue riband North West 200 and Isle of Man TT competitions. Plater will compete alongside him in the Endurance series.
Amor will then complete the trio during the 24hr endurance events at Le Mans and the Bol d'Or, as well as take in the NW200 and TT.
McGuinness is a former British 250cc champion and also has experience with Honda in the World Supersport championship. However, it is for his remarkable exploits and consistency at the Isle of Man TT – including the first 130mph lap of the 37.73-mile (60.37km) Mountain Circuit – that he is most renowned.
“I did the Le Mans 24 hr race about seven years ago, when we finished eighth,” he said. “It was exciting at the end but pretty hard work in the middle! But I'm really looking forward to a full season. I was a little surprised when we first started talking about it but when Honda explained the thinking behind it, it floated my boat straight away.
“I've raced in a lot of classes over the years, and of course I'll continue with the Northwest and the TT, but to be in a team capable of winning a world championship can't be bad! I still get the buzz of anticipation and nerves jangling on the roads, and I certainly want to win more TTs before I finish.
“I'm really excited about the idea of a British round of the Endurance World championship at Donington – we really want the British fans to get behind us and to give endurance racing more kudos in the UK. If everything goes to plan, we'll be there or thereabouts – there is no reason why we can't do the business!”
Following his injury-interrupted season, 2009 British Supersport Champion Steve Plater is determined to secure the WEC title he has previously missed out on.
“I've been riding in the World Endurance championship for something like 12 years and finished runner-up twice so it'll be good to go back there and win it with a good team! I won't be doing any road racing next year – that'll just be John and Keith – but I'll still be involved with the team and helping wherever I can.
“I wanted to concentrate on the endurance side of things for 2011 and it's great that Honda Motor Europe has come in to explore and this side of racing too.”