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McGuinness Lightweight TT plans shelved

'It's a real shame for everyone involved, but if we do this race we want to do it and win and we just don't have the time to prepare for that result this year' - John McGuinness
John McGuinness has been ruled out of this year's Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT.

The 19-times TT winner had been set to make his debut in the Supertwin class on the Mountain Course on a Honda CBR500R for Phil Morris Racing and RLR Motorsports, but the machine will not be ready in time for the event in June.

McGuinness said: 'It's a real shame for everyone involved, but if we do this race we want to do it and win and we just don't have the time to prepare for that result this year.

“Both Phil Morris Racing and RLR Motorsport are respectable outfits and I want to thank them for all their hard work in getting to this stage.”

Team owner Morris said he hoped to revisit the project in the future.

“We entered into this project with the sole intention of preparing a race-winning bike and unfortunately time restraints mean that we are unable to meet that aim.

“We knew that we had a lot to do to get ready for June and unfortunately we have simply run out of time,” he said.

'We may well revisit the project in the future, but for this year we would not be able to do Phil Morris Racing, RLR Motorsports, Honda or John McGuinness justice and we feel it is only fair to withdraw our entry.”

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John McGuinness will compete in the Lightweight TT for the first time
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.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
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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Matt - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 10:38 AM

Rocco Im thinking exactly the same. When I heard that they were gonna race that 500, first think that came to mind was how on earth they gonna get same hp figures out of the bike that bigger kawasaki has. It would not be a huge suprise if they just couldnt get the power were it needed to be. It would have been fun to see 500 runnin around that track, maeby some day if Kawasaki and other manufacturesrs resbond to Hondas 500 with 500 of their own we might have new class.

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