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Conor Cummins sets sights on top step at Ulster Grand Prix

'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' - Conor Cummins
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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Tyco Suzuki`s Conor Cummins at Ballaugh Bridge during Isle of Man TT practice
Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade.
John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar will again compete at the Classic TT on Paton machinery for Roger Winfield
William Dunlop will ride for the Davies Motorsport Team at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
Steve Plater with Bruce Charman of Prime Factors
William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin celebrates winning the Solo Championship race with Dan Kneen andIvan Lintin
Guy Martin at the Southern 100
Guy Martin, BMW, [Credit: BMW]
Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Senior Race podium at the Southern 100
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.

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