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McGuinness: I'm feeling really confident

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness feeling on top of his game after two-day test on Honda Superbike at Castle Combe.
John McGuinness has declared himself ready to unleash his Honda Racing Fireblade on the roads at next month's North West 200 as the Morecambe Missile builds towards the Isle of Man TT in June.

McGuinness and team-mate Conor Cummins participated in a two-day test at Castle Combe in Wiltshire this week, where they fine-tuned their Fireblade SP machines and tested different tyre compounds provided by Dunlop ahead of the first big international road race of 2016, which takes place from May 10-14.

The 44-year-old, who set a new outright lap record of 132.701mph on his way to his 23rd TT win last year in the blue riband Senior race, said: “It has been a really solid test this week we had a few things to work through, which we managed and it's all been really positive.

“It's the same CBR I love and adore, but we can't stand still as the competition is really strong so we have to make a few small changes here and there so we're ready. I'm feeling great at the moment and I've been faster here than ever before, so I'm feeling really confident,” added McGuinness.

“I've got a great package with the team, the CBR and there's no reason not to bring any trophies home this year.

“We've worked closely with Dunlop and they brought a new tyre for us to test, which was a massive step so I'm hugely confident in what they're offering. I'm leaving here in a good place and can't wait to get going now at the North West.”

Cummins, meanwhile, said he was feeling 'quietly confident' following the test as the Manx rider aims to return to the rostrum in the Superbike class at the North West and TT this year.

“I've really enjoyed the last two days and being back on the Fireblade again, it's a great bike and always brings a smile to my face,” he said.

“We had quite a bit to work through over the test with different settings for the electronics, engine and also the suspension but I'm leaving here quietly confident with what we've achieved, and just can't wait to get racing now.

“I'm in a happy state of mind and confident in the package for this year; I've got a great team behind me and a fantastic machine, so I can't ask for anymore,” Cummins added.

“We've also worked with Dunlop over the days and testing numerous tyre compounds and I am full of confidence with what they're offering.”



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