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Neill impressed by Cummins' courage

'It's fair to say there has been a little bit of pressure to return to a two-rider team on the roads – so once we'd reached that decision Conor really was the obvious choice' - Philip Neill
Tyco Suzuki manager Philip Neill says new signing Conor Cummins deserves his shot at international road racing glory with the factory-supported team.

Cummins was badly hurt in a crash in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT in 2010 and has battled back to fitness, returning to action last year against the odds.

Neill – who also expects to complete the signing of Guy Martin to partner Cummins on the roads this season – makes no secret of his admiration for the popular Manx rider's courage and will to succeed.

“After months of speculation and negotiations it's great to finally welcome Conor Cummins to our team for the 2012 road racing season,” said Neill. “It's fair to say there has been a little bit of pressure to return to a two-rider team on the roads – so once we'd reached that decision Conor really was the obvious choice.

“As a person I've always been hugely impressed with Conor and his riding skills were evident to all after those blistering lap speeds at the 2010 TT. However, probably more impressive is the determination he has shown in his comeback from injury, and for me, that was more than enough to justify a factory-supported ride with us here at Tyco Suzuki.

“I'll be looking forward to working with Conor both on and off the track this season, as he has the attitude and personality I was looking for in a rider.”

The team's owner, Hector Neill, desperately craves victory in the Senior race at the TT and is equally thrilled with the capture of the Manxman's signature.

“It's no secret the Isle of Man TT is the highlight of the racing season for me, and with that in mind it was important to add a second rider to our line-up,” he said.

“It's also widely known that my number one desire in racing is to again win the Senior TT trophy. And what better way than to win it than with a Manxman onboard.”

Alastair Seeley and Josh Brookes will also compete for Tyco Suzuki in the British Superbike Championship this season.

Related Pictures

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Conor Cummins with Tyco Suzuki team boss Philp Neill
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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January 18, 2012 9:02 AM

Conor was posting record times on the Kawasaki before his accident and has shown huge grit in coming back from his injuries. If he can do that at the age of 25 then he's got potential to be one of the best road riders ever. I would be interested to see what he can do on a circuit.

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