NW200: John McGuinness injury update

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Honda Racing has revealed the extent of the injuries suffered by John McGuinness in the crash which has ruled him out of the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200.

The 23-time TT winner crashed out of yesterday’s final Superbike qualifying in a high speed incident at Primrose Hill. The session was immediately red flagged and McGuinness was taken to hospital by ambulance with a suspected broken leg.

Upon arrival at hospital he was diagnosed with a compound fracture to the right tibia and fibula. He underwent surgery last night as surgeon’s attempted to plate the bones, but found this was not possible.

McGuinness will now go for further surgery tomorrow to fit an external fixator to the leg.


It has also been revealed that the 45-year-old sustained four broken vertebrae and three broken back ribs.

A statement released by the team read: “John has been diagnosed with a compound fracture to his right lower leg, while in theatre on Thursday night it was not possible to plate the leg as initially thought due to the extent of the injury, and tomorrow an external fixator will be fitted. In addition, John has also suffered four broken vertebrae and has three broken back ribs, John will wear a cast for up to six weeks in treatment for the vertebrae. John will remain at Royal Victoria Hospital for around one week as part of the recuperation process.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing