Honda Racing takes positives from the North West 200
The video features stunning track footage, behind the scenes in the garage and interviews with 21-time TT winner John McGuinness and Conor Cummins as they prepare for the start of the road racing season.
It’s been a positive outing for Honda Racing in challenging conditions at the North West 200 this week. Practice, qualifying and racing at the 8.9-mile Northern Ireland circuit has been plagued with tricky weather conditions, delays and cancellations to the schedule throughout.
John McGuinness and Conor Cummins had good runs on the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP in all Superbike sessions, qualifying third and ninth respectively on the grid. Due to the different weather conditions in both practice and qualifying the original starting positions were amended and decided on an alternate grid pattern, which saw McGuinness move back to fifth and Cummins 11th.
The first Superbike race of the day was red flagged on the first lap and the restart took place just after 4pm, which saw the race shortened from seven to five laps. On the restart McGuinness got a good start off the line and was running in sixth place after the first lap, which is the position he held for most of the race and crossed the line in.
Meanwhile team-mate Cummins was running in eighth place when on the third lap he had a moment and wasn’t sure if it was to do with the high winds or a mechanical issue so returned to the pits, where the mechanics had a look over the bike. With no problems found the Manxman returned to the track and completed the final lap of the race, after being in the pits for one lap.
The second Superbike race of the day was called off by the organisers due to high winds around the circuit and the concern for all riders’ safety.
The Honda Racing squad will now turn its full focus to the Isle of Man TT races, which begin on Monday 1 June where both McGuinness and Cummins will compete in the two Superbike races for Honda Racing.
In sunny and dry conditions the second and final qualifying session for the 2015 North West 200 in Northern Ireland took place. Honda Racing’s John McGuinness and Conor Cummins will start Saturday’s Superbike bike races from third and ninth on the grid.
Due to a delay in the Supersport session qualifying for Superbike was reduced to 35-minutes, but a red flag 25-minutes in saw the session finish early due to a non-race related incident. Practice was also affected on Tuesday due to weather conditions on the 8.9-mile circuit.
The combined qualifying times put McGuinness on the front row of the grid in third place and Cummins will start on the third row in ninth onboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, for Saturday’s two Superbike races.
The schedule for Saturday is below, with roads closing at 0930hrs BST.
Supersport (6 laps)
Superbike (7 laps)
Supertwin (4 laps)
Superstock (6 laps)
Superbike (7 laps)
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