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Donald joins Padgetts Honda for TT Supersport races

Cameron Donald will ride for Padgetts Motorcycles in the Valvoline-backed outfit alongside Bruce Anstey in the Supersport class at this year's Isle of Man TT
Aussie Cameron Donald has joined Padgetts Motorcycles to ride a Honda CBR600-RR in the Supersport class at the 2015 Isle of Man TT.

Donald, who notched a Superbike and Superstock double at the TT in 2008, joins Bruce Anstey in the team, taking up the ride to increase his track time on the Mountain Course, which will complement his ride for Norton in the Superbike and Senior races.

With John McGuinness unable to continue his association with the Batley-based squad this season due to a sponsor conflict, team principal Clive Padgett has moved quickly to fill the void and has secured the services of Donald in the Valvoline-backed squad.

Donald and Anstey are reunited as team-mates once more after riding together in the TAS Suzuki team between 2008 and 2010.

“Padgetts Motorcycles are one of the most successful race teams the TT has ever seen so when Clive rang me and asked if I would be part of the team for the 2015 TT it didn't take me long to say yes,” said Donald.

“The team obviously build great bikes and I have a lot of experience of my own with the CBR600-RR Honda, so together I think we should be right on the pace come the races. I enjoyed being team mates with Bruce in the past and I am sure we will push each other on again as team-mates in 2015.”

Donald sat out the Supersport races in 2014 but lines up as one of the key contenders in the middleweight category. His pedigree on the 600cc Honda is impressive and includes a pair of runner-up finishes in 2012, the first seeing one of the closest races in TT history as Anstey edged victory by just 0.77s.

In 2013, Donald set his best ever lap of the TT course on a 600cc machine at 127.217mph, making him the fourth quickest competitor ever in the class.

Team manager Padgett said that while McGuinness was a tough act to follow, Donald was an able replacement.

“Replacing one of the TT's greatest ever riders in John McGuinness is something that any team would find a challenge, but for the Supersport class there was one obvious candidate and that was Cameron Donald,” he said.

“I have been a long time admirer of Cameron as a rider and a person and his record speaks for itself. He's the fourth fastest rider ever on a Supersport bike around the TT course and we are confident that we can give him a motorcycle that is capable of winning races in 2015.”

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