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Manx rider poised to join top BSB team

Manx sensation in line for coveted works ride at 2012 TT
Isle of Man TT star Conor Cummins is on the verge of joining the Tyco Suzuki team for 2012.

The Manx rider was badly injured following a crash in the Senior race at the TT in 2010.

He made his racing comeback last season and progressed steadily throughout the year as he continued to recover from a catalogue of serious injuries that threatened his career.

The Northern Ireland-based Tyco Suzuki team, which has already signed reigning British Supersport champion Alastair Seeley and Aussie Josh Brookes to front its British Superbike challenge this year, has yet to announce details of its rider selection for the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.

Last year, fans' favourite Guy Martin was the team's sole rider on the roads, securing a string of runner-up finishes at the TT and scooping race victories at the Southern 100 and Ulster Grand Prix, where he won the second superbike race.

No new deal has been officially confirmed with Martin for 2012, although the expectation is that the colourful road racer will remain in Philip Neill's plans.

Cummins, who hails from Ramsey on the Isle of Man, has been employed by another Ulster team, McAdoo Kawasaki Racing, over the past three seasons, but appears keen to take up a fresh challenge.

He has been strongly linked to Tyco Suzuki and a move to the team would be a significant marketing coup for the organisers of the TT, who would get plenty of mileage out of the home-grown hero's switch to one of the sport's most high-profile teams.

It is also understood that two-time TT winner Michael Dunlop is also not completely ruled out of the Tyco Suzuki equation.

Dunlop has also yet to reveal his plans for 2012 and has previously tested the TAS Suzuki in Northern Ireland when he was courted by the team last year.

Tyco Suzuki has retained factory support from Suzuki GB this year, when success in the British Superbike Championship and at the TT takes top priority.

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Fi - Unregistered

January 05, 2012 4:09 PM

It'd be a shame to see less Kawasakis racing if Connor moved, but you do get the impression his TT wins are when, not if (along with Martin) and a factory bike would aid this. Hope he moves and Mcadoo race on with another rider. Dunlop though would be a great signing. How many more TTs would he have won if not for breakdowns last year... Though not sure about his fighting talk attitude.

weephil - Unregistered

January 06, 2012 8:47 AM

I hope guy is staying with the team he is a great rider and deserves the works bikes to try and get the win. Cummins is a good rider and if they had both of them together it would make for an amazing road team.

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