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UGP: Cummins zeroes in on glorious finale
7 August 2012
Conor Cummins hopes to make up for the disappointment of missing the Isle of Man TT by rounding off the main international road racing season with an Ulster Grand Prix victory.
The Tyco Suzuki rider was forced to watch from the sidelines at the TT in June after he was ruled out of the iconic Mountain meeting following an accident at the North West 200 in May.
Cummins was wiped out by Gary Johnson and through no fault of his own, the Ramsey rider found himself nursing a wrist injury after sustaining two broken metacarpals in his right hand.
He faced a race against time to be fit for his home meeting at the TT, but sadly Conor had to concede defeat in his battle to be ready for the opening Superbike race.
The popular Manx ace finally returned to action at the Southern 100 in July and is now relishing the chance to compete at the Ulster Grand Prix on the famous Dundrod course this week.
“After having to frustratingly stand on the sidelines for the whole of this year's Isle of Man TT because of my hand injury, it was great to get back to competitive racing again in July – and no better place than at home in the Isle of Man at the Southern 100,” he said.
“The event lived up to its usual form by being one of the most professionally organised road races of the season, so all credit to the organisers.
“The weather was great and the crowds lined the circuit to wave us all on at almost every corner.
“Taking five podiums from five starts made me a happy man for the first time this season,” he added.
“I was competitive in all races and did my fastest ever lap of the track.
“It certainly made up for the disappointment of missing the TT but hopefully I'm not finished yet and a top step at the Ulster Grand Prix would be a fitting end to the pure road racing season.”
Cummins, who finished sixth in the Superstock class at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2011 and eighth in the second Superbike race, is a former outright lap record holder at the 7.4-mile Dundrod circuit, the fastest road race venue in the world.
In 2009 he lapped at 133.284mph on his way to victory in the Dundrod 150 Superbike race following an electric battle with Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson and Ryan Farquhar.
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