John McGuinness set to return to racing at Revival
John McGuinness will make a triumphant return to the Goodwood Revival over September 7-9, heading the charge of stars in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy.
McGuinness will make his competitive return at the Classic TT later this month, but will take part in his first short-circuit race since suffering a terrible injury at the 2017 North West 200. That crash forced the 23-time TT winner to miss the remainder of the season and all of 2018 up until now, save for a parade lap at the Isle of Man and runs at the Festival of Speed with Norton.
The Morecambe Missile last competed at the Revival in 2016, sharing a Fred Walmsley-prepared Manx Norton with Glen English, the 2004 FIM World Classic Bike Champion and a podium finisher at the Isle of Man TT in 1996. The McGuinness/English pairing was instantly successful, winning Sunday’s race en route to overall honours.
The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy will once again turn the clock back to the 1950s as the very best from the classic racing scene share their steeds with the biggest names in motorcycle racing for the two-part, two-rider challenge. As is tradition the race is made up of two 25-minute encounters, with an aggregate result taken after Sunday’s race.
Joining McGuinness at Goodwood will be the biggest names in Grand Prix, Superbike and road racing, riding machines that out-date the majority of riders in the field in a bid to be crowned Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy winners for 2018.
‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer, Steve Parrish and Mick Grant will lead the charge from the Grand Prix front, competing alongside Superbike alumni Troy Corser, James Haydon and Michael Rutter. Isle of Man TT star James Hillier, who has wowed the crowds at the Festival of Speed for a number of years, will make his Revival debut aboard a Manx Norton, keen to impress on his first visit to the Motor Circuit.
With more top names waiting in the wings, this year’s Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy is shaping up to be one of the most star-studded races in recent years, and has all the makings for a classic, enthralling Goodwood bike race.