23-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness and Manxman Conor Cummins will, as was widely speculated, remain with their Honda Racing squad for the 2016 road-racing season.
Making the announcement on-stage at TT Sunday at Motorcycle Live, McGuinness and Cummins will take in the North West 200 and Macau Grand Prix as well, with Cummins also racing at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Coming off the back of an incredibly strong season for the Morecombe Missile that saw him recover from an injury-hit 2014 with an impressive Senior TT win, McGuinness says he’s up for continuing the form.
“2014 was a tough year for me so coming into 2015 I was determined to get my confidence back and show that there was still life in the old dog! I think I proved that in the Senior TT and managed to silence some critics who thought that my career was over!
“Smashing the lap record was the best feeling, but I know that there’s some great competition out there who are looking to take that from me. I’m confident in the Fireblade, and also myself, I know I have a good package to get back out there next year and do it again. The Honda team is like a family to me and the continued support means everything.”
29-year old Cummins, meanwhile, who also had a strong year with the squad culminating in a pair of superbike second places at the Ulster Grand Prix, says that there’s still room for improvement.
“2015 was a mixed season for me, I didn’t really get the results I wanted at the North West or the TT, but it all came together at the Ulster and leaving with two second-places was great. The Fireblade is a great machine and I’m so happy to be back with Honda Racing again for now my third year.
“I feel like 2016 could be my year, I have two-years experience with the CBR now under my belt and looking forward to seeing what the season brings.”
The pair will also remain in the World Endurance Championship with Jackson Racing, with the privateer squad also providing supersport bikes for the pair for the roads.