HONDA Racing could be planning a fallback strategy for the Isle of Man TT if its full road racing lineup doesn’t make the grid.
While there is little doubt that one half of the Louth-based squad’s international roads lineup, Lee Johnston, will line up on Glencrutchery Road next month, the other half isn’t yet certain.
Questions have surrounded Ian Hutchinson’s fitness for a number of months after he confessed his severe leg injury from last June has taken longer than expected to heal.
The 16-time TT winner cast even more doubt on his 2018 season at the event’s media launch last month, where he revealed he was unsure if his leg would be ready in time.
But suspicion has run even more rampant after Honda was seen testing with Johnston and another rider (pictured above) at the team’s home circuit of Cadwell Park yesterday.
The mystery man is thought to be former roads regular Steve Mercer, who announced his retirement from road racing in the middle of the 2017 season.
An official announcement has not yet been made by Honda Racing.
*Image: Paul Denton