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McGuinness rues poor weather at North West 200

'As fast as the water was being cleared it was re-forming and it's just such a shame for everyone involved in the event' - John McGuinness
Honda TT Legends rider John McGuinness said conditions on sections of the North West 200 circuit resembled a 'swimming pool' on Saturday.

The international road race was cancelled as a result of torrential rain.

McGuinness, who now turns his attention to the Isle of Man TT said: “There was four to five inches of water through the Juniper Chicane section on Saturday and it was like a swimming pool, so it simply wasn't possible for the racing to continue.

“As fast as the water was being cleared it was re-forming and it's just such a shame for everyone involved in the event.

“We all love coming here and we all love riding but safety has to come first at all times; it's just so frustrating when the non-race day saw such fine weather,” added McGuinness.

“On the plus side, we did get to complete three races and the bikes were working really well in practice and I was happy with all of them.”

McGuinness finished seventh in Thursday's Supersport race before retiring from the Superstock event.

He finished sixth in Saturday's Supersport race, which was declared a result after two laps.

“I put the HM Plant/Padgetts Honda's on the front row whilst the Honda TT Legends bike was also bang on the pace, I just pulled in a lap too soon [in practice] otherwise I'm confident I'd have been higher up on the grid.

“Sadly, we didn't get to race the Superbike and although conditions were far from ideal in either of the Supersport races, I did my very best and I'm satisfied with sixth and seventh.

“With the loss of Saturday's races, we've missed out on some mileage before the TT but everyone's in the same boat and I'm looking forward now to the Island,” he said.

“It's a big event for all of us so let's hope the weather's kind and we all have some fast, safe racing.”

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