By totalmotorcycle Road #Racing 2016 Solid start to the North West 200 for @Honda $Racing North West 200 Northern #Ireland, United Kingdom
The 2016 North West 200 got underway this week in glorious conditions around the 8.9-mile Northern Irish circuit. After the practice and qualifying sessions Honda Racing’s John McGuinness and Conor Cummins will start Saturday’s Superbike races from eighth and 12th on the grid.
On Tuesday (10 May) the NW200 kicked off with the first Superbike practice. McGuinness, for the first time at the circuit, clocked over 200mph through the speed trap aboard his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machine and finished the session fourth fastest.
This afternoon it was looking hopeful for the Morecambe-missile, who in the early stages was running in third place. However, halfway through McGuinness made an unscheduled stop as his machine was overheating, which after inspection was caused from a large stone hitting the radiator.
A quick turn around saw the machine repaired, but the session was red flagged and stopped due to an incident on the circuit. McGuinness’s combined times place him eighth on the grid.
Meanwhile team-mate Cummins enjoyed a positive opening session on Tuesday and finished the day in eighth place. Today’s session saw a few small grip issues for the Manxman and with limited track time due to mid-session changes, and the red flag ending proceedings, he finished 19th. The combined session times see Cummins 12th on the grid for the Superbike races.
The schedule for Saturday (14 May) is below, with roads closing at 0930hrs BST.
Supersport race (6 laps)
Superbike race 1 (7 laps)
Supertwin race (4 laps)
Superstock race (6 laps)
Superbike race 2 (7 laps)
Assistant team manager
It’s been a really good show from our guys so far and I’m pleased how they’re both going, on Tuesday they came back …read more