Honda Racing makes its way to the famous Isle of Man TT Festival this week for the opening week’s practice sessions with solo rider John McGuinness and sidecar riders Dave Molyneux and Craig Hallam.

McGuinness, the current lap record holder around the Isle of Man course with an average speed of 127.68mph, will be competing in the Senior, Superbike, Production and Junior TT classes aboard his Dunlop-shod HM Plant Superbike, Superstock and 600 race bikes respectively. Dave Molyneux and passenger Craig Hallam will contest the two sidecar TT races on their HM Plant Honda CBR600RR sidecar.

Morecambe-based McGuinness, who recently competed in the North West 200 road races where he claimed two third place finishes in the Superbike category, is raring to go and confident of a successful TT fortnight. McGuinness currently contests the National Superstock Championship in British Superbikes and at present lies in a strong third place. But, the TT races have contributed to the 33-year-old racer carving out a formidable reputation as one the best road racers with three Superbike wins from his last four races and a total of eight TT victories to his name.

Isle of Man-based Dave Molyneux is considered to be the greatest sidecar riders ever to ride at the Island. This year the current lap record holder, at 116.04mph, along with his passenger Craig Hallam, will be looking for nothing less than victories to add to his already impressive tally of 11 wins around the famous Mountain course.

McGuinness: “The TT is always one of the highlights of the year for me. Obviously, with riding for Honda this year the pressure will certainly be there but, hopefully, I will be able to bring home a win or two. I raced for Honda in 2002, I was second in the F1 race and third in the Senior so it would be good to get the win for them. I think we have a good chance. After the North West I know that the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is really quick and, while it’s always good to have the lap record, it’s the wins that are more important to me; at the end of the day records are set to be broken but victories are forever. So, I’m just going to go out there, enjoy myself and hopefully come home a winner.”

Dave Molyneux: “It’s great to be back at the TT again, I thoroughly enjoy it and the pleasure always seems to outweigh the pain. Being re-united with passenger Craig Hallam has given me a lot of confidence so far this season.  The TT’s the ultimate challenge and one that I look forward to, and work hard towards, every year.  I’m really pleased to be competing for Honda Racing and HM Plant and I’m obviously looking forward to hopefully doing the double once more.”

Craig Hallam: “Winning the TT means everything and to do the double in front of everyone would be magical and to have a win for Honda, who have such history on the Island, would be also brilliant.”

Neil Tuxworth: “Honda Racing is delighted to have John, Dave and Craig competing for them this year on their HM Plant supported machines. Honda has a long and impressive association with the TT and it is a very important part of our racing heritage. Each year, Honda plays a major part in the Festival and we are confident that, with them, we will be able to continue to add to our race victories and enrich our already significant race history on the Island.”



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