John McGuinness said he was 'pumped' for the Superbike races at the North West 200 after clocking 200mph for the first time at the event on the Honda Racing Fireblade.

McGuinness was fourth fastest on the time sheets on Tuesday after his 200mph blast but dropped to eighth on Thursday after losing time due to a holed radiator.

"Tuesday was awesome! We did over 200mph, which I am still really pumped about," said the 23-time Isle of Man TT winner.

"To do that felt so good; we were right in the mix and really competitive throughout the session. [On Thursday] we made some small changes, maybe we didn't go in the right direction with, but we had to try something.

"Halfway round I collected a massive hole in the radiator from a stone hit, I've never seen anything like it before but these Superbikes have over 200bhp, so they tear up the road a little!" added the Morecambe man.

"I am a little disappointed with that as I was running third at the time, but it comes with road racing. Now to refocus and regroup ahead of the races on Saturday."

His team-mate, Manx rider Conor Cummins, qualified in 12th place overall on the CBR1000RR and felt he missed the chance for a hot lap on Thursday.

"The conditions so far this week at the North West 200 have been outstanding, it's so nice to be here and get some good weather and a dry track," said Cummins.

"Tuesday was positive and I finished eighth overall, which was good and I had some good times.

"Unfortunately [on Thursday] I didn't get the chance for a good lap, the session was red-flagged just as we were about to go out again after making some changes," he added.

"The changes that we'd made I feel would have been really positive, so it was a shame we couldn't try those and try to improve on the lap times. But I am 12th on the grid for Saturday's races on the fourth row, which isn't too bad.

"I just hope we can pull it together for the race now and I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do."



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