ISLE OF MAN – As the Honda TT Legends team prepares to enter its third year of competition, Honda Motor Europe has revealed a new line up for its 2013 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy campaign.
Nineteen-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness will be joined by two-time TT victor Michael Rutter and three-time TT race winner Michael Dunlop to form a three-man Superbike squad for the TT.
“I’m really excited to be riding with the Honda TT Legends next year,” said Rutter. “Endurance is not something I have done before so that’s going to be a great experience and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do there. I’ve obviously got a history with the Louth-based team as I did BSB and the roads with them for a couple of years in 2004/2005, so I’m familiar with the Fireblade and I know the crew well. It will be good to be back with the team and I’m really happy back with Honda.
In addition to the Isle of Man TT Races, the TT Legends team will compete in the North West 200 aboard the Honda CBR1000R. Australian road racing ace Cameron Donald and 2011 fastest TT newcomer Simon Andrews will join the Honda TT Legends for the four-round Endurance World Championship with Michael Rutter and John McGuinness completing the four-man EWC rider line-up.
The new-look team was unveiled today at Motorcycle Live in the UK as McGuinness, Rutter and Dunlop took to the main stage for a Q&A with TT commentator James Whitham.
Simon Andrews joined the trio on stage but Cameron Donald was unable to attend as he is at home enjoying the Australian summer. The updated livery for the Honda TT Legends machine was also revealed – a tri-colour design that replicates that of the 2013 production Fireblade, re-affirming the close affinity between the race machine and its road-going relative.