After announcing a “dream team” line-up for its 2013 season, Honda TT Legends has had to revise its rider-entry list, after coming to a mutual decision with Australian racer Cameron Donald, who will not not race with the Honda TT Legends World Endurance Championship squad this year.
Citing personal reasons, namely the desire to spend more time with his family, Donald’s absence from the Honda TT Legends team means that the HRC-backed squad will field a three-rider effort in this year’s four endurance rounds, leaving John McGuinness, Michael Rutter, and Simon Andrews to campaign on the Honda CBR1000RR endurance race bike.
Despite this change, the Honda TT Legends team for this season of road races will remain the same, with John McGuinness, Michael Rutter, and Michael Dunlop taking part in the Northwest 200 and Isle of Man TT. Donald will still compete in the Northwest 200 and the Isle of Man TT with Wilson Craig Honda.
“This was not an easy decision for me and I will miss the team hugely,” explained Donald. “We’ve had some great times over the past two years and the experience of endurance racing is one I’ll never forget, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t suit me to be away from Australia for such a long period of time. I’d like to thank Honda and the team for the opportunity.”
“We’re very disappointed that Cameron will not be a part of the EWC team this year as he has done an excellent job over the past two years,” said Team Manager Neil Tuxworth. “He expressed a wish to spend more time at home in Australia, which meant he was unable to commit to the programme of testing and racing required and therefore we have mutually agreed for him to stand down. We wish him all the best for the NW200 and TT and look forward to seeing him at those events.”
Source: Honda TT Legends