Last evening Conor Cummins officially confirmed at the Villa Marina, that he will be competing alongside Bruce Anstey in the Padgetts Racing team, at this years TT Races.
Conor stated that his deal with Padgetts had been sorted for months, plus that he is delighted to be riding again for the multiple times TT winners.
Holder of the number seven plate for the Superbike and Senior races, he starts just in front of his Honda Racing replacement, Guy Martin.
A six times TT podium finisher, the Ramsey based rider has for a long, long time been considered a future winner on the world famous Manx roads.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Regarded by many as the Isle of Man’s leading roads exponent, you can tell how much a TT victory would mean to the Manxman.
Seven years on from a near career ending accident on the Mountain Course, the former Duke Road Race Rankings champion has proved in recent times that he is still as competitive as ever within the international roads scene.
This was showcased in full last year, by series of accomplished performances at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, which included lapping close to the 134 mph mark on his way to fourth place in the second Superbike encounter.
Having enjoyed in 2016 a positive first TT Races campaign with Padgetts, the ingredients are there with high spec brand new Honda machinery, plus the undoubted enthusiasm and determination of Clive Padgetts outfit, for an extremely prodigious two week race voyage at TT 2017.
Speaking about his new deal with Padgetts, Conor said:
“What Clive Padgett and the team don’t know about racing on the Isle of Man isn’t worth knowing.
He’s assembled a great group around him and I really enjoyed racing with the team last year, it just felt right.
I’m looking forward to representing the team in all of this year’s races and I’m looking forward to repaying Clive’s faith in me.”
Clive Padgett added:
“Conor’s a very talented rider and a great lad and we are proud to have him representing our Motorcycle shop and the team but we’d be happy to share the limelight with a headline sponsor if a company is interested in coming on board and joining us.
Conor’s had some great results already at the TT and what I particularly like about how he races is his focus and commitment.
He’s a great fit for the team. We’ve already made a good start with him last year and it’s good to have him with us full time.”
Words by Stevie Rial