The Milenco by Padgetts Racing team will boast one of the most high-profile rider line-ups, at the returning FonaCab & Nicholl Oils North West 200, running team main-stay Conor Cummins and 2019 IRRC Superbike Champion Davey Todd on 600cc, 1000cc Hondas.
Aside from IRRC success, new full time Padgetts pilot Todd rapid progression in the real roads scene has also been illustrated by Ulster GP podium finishes, a 131 mph lap at the TT Races, strong finishes at the Southern 100, various national events.
Arguably though his most famous roads achievement to date arose at the NW200 in 2019, emerging on top in the second Supersport encounter, to join the International road race winners circle.
Speaking about the opportunities ahead with the immensely successful Padgetts outfit, he stated:
“The set-up for 2022 with Padgetts is exactly what I wanted to be doing with a full season in British Superstock and on the roads.”
Recently enjoying a productive three-day test at Snetterton, the ex Penz 13 BMW, BE Racing team member stated positive comments about Honda’s latest generation Fireblade model.
“I felt comfortable straight away on the new bike. After the first couple of sessions I rode myself into the bike and was going a lot faster.”
Team-mate Conor Cummins, echoed Todd’s thoughts:
“The new bike will contribute massively but the rest has to come from me.”
The Manxman who recently broke his collarbone following a pre-season motocross training incident, in contrast to many of his anticipated main NW200 rivals has not accumulated a high level of track time over 2020 and 2021.
Despite this, the Ramsey racer feels it won’t impact majorly his latest real roads expedition.
“I know what the competition has done and I know what I need to do to deliver but I don’t think the break will have much of an impact. Everyone has been racing at a competitive level.”
Milenco by Padgetts Team Manager, Clive Padgett added:
“Everyone has been racing at a competitive level. Sometimes riders can put too much pressure on themselves.
We all want to get good results but that doesn’t happen if you aren’t enjoying yourself.”
Photo credit Stephen Davison
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