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McGuinness, Cummins stay with Honda Racing for 2016

Veteran John McGuinness and 2015 team-mate Conor Cummins will both remain in Honda Racing colours for the 2016 season.

Honda has announced that John McGuinness and Conor Cummins will remain with Honda Racing for its 2016 road racing campaign.

The announcement was made on the main stage in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd on 'TT Day' at the Motorcycle Live exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, confirming that the 'Morecambe Missile' and 'Ramsey Rocket' will contest the Superbike classes at the North West 200 and also the Superbike and Senior races at the Isle of Man TT aboard the proven Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. Cummins will also take part in the 2016 Ulster GP and both riders are scheduled to race at Macau later in the year.

With 23 TT wins to his name, McGuinness proved he was still the man to beat in 2015, storming to victory in the blue riband Senior race and smashing the outright lap record around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course with a 132.701mph lap.

“2014 was a tough year for me so, coming into 2015, I was determined to get my confidence back and show that there was still life in the old dog!” McGuinness admitted, “I think I proved that in the Senior TT and managed to silence some critics who thought that my career was over! Smashing the lap record was the best feeling, but I know that there's some great competition out there who are looking to take that from me.

“I'm confident in the Fireblade, and also myself, I know I have a good package to get back out there next year and do it again. The Honda team is like a family to me and the continued support means everything.”

Isle of Man native Cummins, 29, took two podium places in tricky conditions at the 2015 Ulster GP aboard the Honda CBR, finishing second in the Dundrod 150 Superbike race and the final Superbike race of the day. Both riders competed in last month's 12-lap Macau Grand Prix where they took fourth and seventh places respectively on their Honda machines.

“2015 was a mixed season for me, I didn't really get the results I wanted at the North West or the TT, but it all came together at the Ulster and leaving with two second-places was great,” Cummins commented, “The Fireblade is a great machine and I'm so happy to be back with Honda Racing again for now my third year. I feel like 2016 could be my year, I have two years' experience with the CBR now under my belt and looking forward to seeing what the season brings.”

In addition to their commitments with the official Honda Racing squad, McGuinness and Cummins will race with the private Jackson Racing team on Honda's CBR600RR in the Supersport class at the NW200 and TT. The duo will also compete in the 2016 Endurance World Championship Superstock class aboard the Fireblade SP and Cummins will compete for Jackson Racing in the Superstock class on the roads.

“We're pleased to be keeping both John and Conor for our 2016 road racing campaign,” Honda Racing's Neil Tuxworth said, “Our relationship with John is like family now and is proven to reap results. What he did in the Senior TT was unbelievable and to achieve a near sub-17 minute lap was phenomenal. Conor continues to impress us with his work ethic and attitude, there's no doubt that he's hungry for success and puts in 100% effort on and off the bike. We're looking forward to 2016 and seeing what we can do in the road racing events.”

Motorcycle Live has been a successful show for Honda who showcased its new range of 2016 motorcycles, including the all-new Africa Twin and the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, McGuinness and Cummins will hopefully ride to victory on in 2016.

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Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the Macau Grand Prix.
Conor Cummins and John McGuinness remain with Honda Racing for 2016
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December 07, 2015 12:58 PM
Last Edited 163 days ago

It's time for Conor to step out of the shadow and get a TT win this year. Not sure how that would play with mcguinness, but Conor has shown more speed on a McAdoo Kawasaki 5 years ago.

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