Manx rider Conor Cummins has been confirmed in the Valvoline Padgett's Honda team for the Supersport and Superstock races at the Isle of Man TT.
The Ramsey rider parted company from Jackson Racing after the North West 200. His plans remain unchanged for the Superbike and Senior races, when he will represent the official Honda Racing team alongside 23-time TT winner John McGuinness.
“I'm absolutely thrilled to have Conor on board,” said team manager Clive Padgett.
“When it looked like it might come about I didn't have to think twice. He's the perfect addition to the team. We're currently building his bikes and look forward to getting to the TT.”
Honda (Europe) team management made the decision to balance the rider line-up within their two partner teams for the TT, with Jackson Honda Racing focused on McGuinness and Steve Mercer and Padgett's Honda concentrating on Cummins and Bruce Anstey.
Cummins said he was thrilled to be joining a team 'whose record is second to none at the TT'.
“I've known Clive Padgett for many years. He actually sold me my first ever race bike, a second-hand RS125 and I've always been impressed with the way that the team prepares the bikes,” he said.
“They have a record that's second to none around the Isle of Man. I'm really excited about representing the team and it will be a real honour to ride in the famous team colours.”
Of the last 39 TT races that the Padgett's team has started around the Mountain Course, they have finished in the top four on no less than 33 occasions and of those 27 were podium places with 11 wins.
The team is probably most well-known for Ian Hutchinson's five wins in a week in 2010.