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Conor Cummins will return to TT action in Senior finale

'It has been a long week not racing and I have been frustrated, but I've been here before and I know what it's like to deal with being injured and having problems' - Conor Cummins
Manxman Conor Cummins is a confirmed starter for Friday's but riband Senior TT races on the Isle of Man.

Cummins has been sidelined at the event due to a hand injury he sustained in a crash at the North West 200 last month, but completed a lap of the Mountain course during Wednesday's Senior practice outing and has decided to take his place on the Glencrutchery Road start line for the finale to the 2012 meeting.

However, inclement weather could have a major impact on the race schedule following continuous rain across the island on a miserable day on Thursday.

The Lightweight Supertwin race is scheduled to take place at 10.45am over three laps, with the six-lap Senior pencilled in for a 1.30pm start.

Cummins said: "You can't beat being in a racing situation and that's what I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I woke up this morning [Thursday] and the hand is so much better and for the first time I can actually see the bones the swelling has gone down so much.

“It has been a long week not racing and I have been frustrated, but I've been here before and I know what it's like to deal with being injured and having problems.

"I've just been a team player this week and done what I can to promote Suzuki, Tyco and all the sponsors involved," added Cummins, who is chasing his maiden TT success.

"Now it's time for me to get a run out and put on a good show for all the loyal team and personal sponsors," he added.

"I just hope I can get a decent result, but it's all down to the weather now.”

Team manager Philip Neill said: "It's still less than an ideal situation for Conor, but I have to say, he's put in a super-human effort and sacrificed a lot having to sit on the sidelines.

"I did tell him we had to potentially 'lose the battle for a few days to win the war', and he's done a great job in and around the paddock when he could have hidden away. Now he deserves to race."

Neill, meanwhile, was disappointed by Guy Martin's performance in Wednesday's Supersport race when he finished eighth on the GSX-R600 and wants a rostrum finish from the Lincolnshire rider in the flagship Senior.

"We will be expecting a podium finish from Guy tomorrow. The second Supersport race was not a good one for him and didn't return the result we had hoped for," said Neill.

"We are still evaluating what went wrong, but despite what has been said, the GSX-R600 is a more than competitive package as we have shown in British championship and also recently at the North West 200.”

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Mitch - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 8:29 PM

Good to hear that Conor Cummins will be out tomorrow. I can't help but think it'll just be a run out for him though. He and Hutchy are both a bit out of sorts at the moment. I also think it's a bit rich for Hector Neill to be berating Guy Martin's performances in the second Supersport race when the bike couldn't even finish the first one and the team couldn't change the rear wheel & tyre in the first super bike race. The GSXR600 is definitely not yet up to scratch, for road racing purposes, in the supersport class. The super bike should be strong enough though. I can see Guy moving for next year, hopefully back to a Honda.

Binza - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 7:09 PM

If the GSXR600 is such a competitive package how come hardly anyone including the TAS team is running one this season aside from on the Island.....Wasn't Michael Dunlop scheduled to ride one and then changed his mind?

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