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McGuinness signs up for 2013 North West 200

John McGuinness will return to North West 200 in 2013 after finalising deal with event organisers at Macau Grand Prix
Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness is the first official big-name signing for next year's North West 200 in Northern Ireland.

The 19-times TT winner confirmed his return to the international road race with the event organisers at the Macau Grand Prix.

McGuinness was a winner in the Superbike class at the North West in May on the Honda TT Legends Fireblade.

He is expected to remain with the official Honda team in 2013.

The 40-year-old finished seventh at Macau after starting from the front row of the grid on the SMT Honda.

McGuinness missed the North West in 2011 due to his commitments with in the Endurance World Championship with Honda.

The Morecambe rider overshot at Lisboa in the second half of the race as he attempted to make a pass on Gary Johnson for fourth place.

Austria's Horst Saiger, who made his NW200 debut this year, will also return to the event next season, which takes place from May 12-18.

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John McGuinness during practice for the Isle of Man TT
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
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Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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