John McGuinness: 'Missing the TT is going to hurt'
Following his North West 200 crash last week John McGuinness has spoken out, commenting that missing the TT is going to hurt, but also thanking his fans for the kind words as he begins his road to recovery.
The 23-time Isle of Man TT winner broke his right tibia and fibula, suffered four broken vertebrae and broken ribs in his high-speed crash whilst competing in the Superbike qualifying session. The crash ended his 2017 campaign prematurely, Honda Racing also withdrew from the NW200 as they set out to investigate the cause of the crash.
In his official statement, McGuinness said: 'I really am truly overwhelmed with the amount of support and well wishes that have been flooding in since my accident at the North West 200 last Thursday.
'Both myself and the wife (Becky) have received so much support and I cannot thank the race fans, industry people, the medical teams and fellow racers enough; all your messages do help pull me through the dark hours.
'I'm still at the Royal Victoria Hospital undergoing various treatments for my leg injury; the fixator is still yet to be fitted as they don't want to run the risk of infection, so at the moment it is day-by-day.
'I'm not going to lie, missing the TT this year is going to hurt, but I will be watching and keeping an eye on everything! Good luck to all the lads heading out there; if I am able to head over then of course I will be there, but at the moment everything is day-by-day and I just have to do what I can to recover and get better.
'It's going to be a long road ahead, but I have a great support network around me, so I have to be patient and take each day as it comes.
'Thank you again!'
18.05.2017 - Big Ed