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McGuinness and Cummins remain with Honda Racing for 2016

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Isle of Man TT stars John McGuinness and Conor Cummins will once again compete for Honda Racing throughout the 2016 road racing season.

The duo will compete in the superbike classes at the North West 200 (NW200), along with the superbike and senior events at the Isle of Man TT, on-board the CBR1000 RR Fireblade SP.

McGuinness moved to within three victories of the all-time TT victories record holder, the late Joey Dunlop, at this year’s event after winning the Zero and Senior races.

The ‘Morecambe Missile’ also obliterated the superbike lap record around the famous Mountain Course with an average speed of 132.701mph and the 43-year-old believes he proved he still has what it takes to compete at the top.

McGuinness said: “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.”

Cummins will also compete for Honda at the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix after securing two podium finishes at this year’s event, including the Dundrod 150 Superbike race.

Cummins said: “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.”

McGuinness and Cummins are also scheduled to compete at the 2016 Macau Grand Prix. The duo finished in fourth and seventh places respectively at this year’s race.

Away from the official Honda team the paring will also race for the Jackson Racing team in the supersport class at the NW200 and Isle of Man TT, with Cummins also riding for the team in the superstock class.

The duo will also compete in the 2016 Endurance World Championship superstock class on the Fireblade SP.

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