NW200: Honda withdraw Guy Martin from Superstock race

Published: 11 May 2017

Honda Racing have opted to withdraw Guy Martin’s entry for this evening’s Vauxhall North West 200 Superstock race after John McGuinness’ crash in the Superbike qualifying session.

McGuinness came off at Primose Hill while lying 13th in the final qualifying session and with his machine still impounded by race organisers.

This has meant the team won’t be able to analyse McGuinness’ CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 to establish the cause of the crash ahead of tonight’s opening races, therefore have decided to withdraw Martin from the Superstock race as a precautionary measure.


The Lincolnshireman qualified 16th for the Superstock race after being unable to complete this morning’s session after dropping the bike at low speed at Magherabouy chicane.

McGuinness sustained a suspected broken right leg in the crash and is undergoing treatment at the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast. 

A statement released by the team read: "During Superbike qualifying at the Northwest 200 today, Honda Racing’s John McGuinness was involved in an incident at Primrose Hill.  

Within a short time of the incident John was transported by ambulance to Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he is currently undergoing treatment for a suspected broken right leg.

As is standard procedure following such an incident, John’s motorcycle is being held by race organisers after which time it will be released to the team.

As the team is unable to analyse John’s bike before this evening’s Superstock race, the Honda Racing team has opted to withdraw Guy Martin’s entry in today’s Superstock race as a precaution.

The Honda Racing team and John would like to thank the prompt action of the marshals, circuit staff and emergency services."

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