Conor Cummins

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Conor Cummins
Connor Cummins.jpg
Cummins at Ballaugh Bridge during TT 2008
Nationality Manx
Born (1986-05-27) 27 May 1986 (age 28)
Douglas, Isle of Man
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 9 (2006 – present)
TT wins 0
First TT win
Last TT win
Podiums 4

Conor Cummins (born 27 May 1986 in Douglas, Isle of Man) is a British motorcycle road racer. Cummins rides extensively on the British Road Racing Circuit, competing in the British Superstock Championship as well as his home event the Isle of Man TT.

Early career[edit]

Cummins began his career riding in the British Championship and the Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup. However, the lack of opportunities in these competitions led him to decide to make the switch to road racing.[1]

Road racing[edit]

2006[edit]

Cummins picked up awards as the Fastest Newcomer at the North West 200, the Southern 100 and the Isle of Man TT. Cummins also won the Newcomers Race at the Ulster Grand Prix.[2]

2007[edit]

In 2007, Cummins became both Irish Superbike Road Race Champion and Irish Superstock Road Race Champion in a season that saw him record 13 Irish National Road Race wins. He finished second in two races at the Ulster Grand Prix as well as scoring a podium finish in the British Superbike Cup riding as a wildcard at Donington. At the Isle of Man TT, he produced a series of performances to record four Top-8 finishes including two 5th places.[1] Also during the Superstock Race Cummins claimed the record for the fastest local Isle of Man competitor after lapping at 18 minutes and 10.78 seconds from a standing start on lap 1. For all his success, he claimed the Duke Road Race Rankings Champion.[3]

2008[edit]

For 2008, Cummins rode for Team VanFit Yamaha in the British Superstock Championship, starting with a third place at Oulton Park. He also rode at the North West 200 but mechanical problems destroyed any hopes of a podium finish. He then rode in the Isle of Man TT and claimed a 5th place in the Superstock[4] on Monday 2 June before recording a 7th place in the Supersport Junior TT[5] on Wednesday 4 June. It was a good result for Conor in another week plagued by mechanical problems where he was forced to retire in the Senior and Supersport Race 1. On 20 August, it was announced that he had parted company with the Vanfit team and would miss the final four rounds of the British Superstock Championship.[6]

2009-2011 - McAdoo Kawasaki & 2010 Senior TT Accident[edit]

Cummins signed a deal with Cookstown-based McAdoo Kawasaki Racing for 2009's international road racing season.[7] Cummins recorded his first Isle of Man TT podium on June 10, 2009, when he finished third in the second Supersport Junior TT race, behind Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey.[8] Two days later, he went one place better, finishing second in the Senior TT, 19.54 seconds behind race winner Steve Plater.[9] Cummins also became the first ever Manxman to record an average lap speed of over 130 mph on his third lap of the Senior TT with a speed of 130.22 mph.[10] Cummins also record Top-10 finishes in the first Supersport Junior TT race and the Superstock race.

On 13 August, Cummins became the fastest man in the world when he won the Dundrod 150 Superbike race, part of the Ulster Grand Prix Bike week. After a race-long duel with Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson and Ryan Farquhar, a final lap of 133.284 mph on the McAdoo Kawasaki saw him take the win and shatter the lap record.

He then took his first ever international road race victory when he won the feature Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race.

2010 had brought a mixed year for Conor with a great start to the TT on his Macadoo Kawasaki and a good NW200 it all ended with a crash at the senior TT. He sustained a badly broken left arm, two bone fractures in his back, a dislocated knee and ligament damage, bruising to his lungs and a hairline fracture to his pelvis in the spill before being airlifted to Nobles Hospital.

The crash occurred on the second lap of the Senior race, which was restarted, coincidentally, after a heavy crash involving Conor's good friend Guy Martin, who fortunately escaped serious injury. In the restart, a lap of 131.123 mph saw Conor slot into third place just over two seconds off the race lead. By Ramsey on lap two, he was up to second and still only three seconds adrift of race leader Ian Hutchinson only for his crash to occur just a few miles later on the high speed right hand bends at the Verandah.

It had been a mixed race week for Conor prior to Senior race day with both highs and lows in his previous four races on the McAdoo Racing Kawasakis. The low came in the opening Superbike race which he seemingly had in the bag. Two laps in excess of 131 mph, including a stunning opening lap of 131.511 mph (the second fastest of all time and just a fraction outside the outright lap record), helped him seize control and with a lead of over 20 seconds, everything was looking good for his debut TT win. However, the machine refused to fire after his second pit stop and he saw his lead reduced to just four seconds but he then reluctantly had to retire on the fifth lap at Laurel Bank with engine problems.

The Superstock race saw Cummins have his best result of the week as he took his third TT podium with an excellent third place, a best lap of 129.309 mph helping him move up to third place on the second lap, a position he maintained until the chequered flag. In the two Supersport races, he took eighth in the first four-lapper and followed this up with a sixth in the second, 0.23 s behind John McGuinness, also recording his first 125 mph+ lap in the class.

Cummins continued his recovery from injury throughout the 2011 season. He was a consistent finisher in the British Superstock Championship and recorded a 6th place finish in the 2nd Supersport Isle of Man TT race.

2012[edit]

Conor signed to ride for the factory TAS Tyco Suzuki Team in 2012 along with team-mate Guy Martin.

Conor received an injured wrist during the North West 200 Superbike race, and this meant that his campaign at the 2012 Isle of Man TT had to be reviewed.

As he entered the chicane at Mather's Cross, Conor was struck by Gary Johnson and the resulting collision also included Martin Jessop - who suffered a broken collarbone. As a consequence of the injury sustained to his wrist, Conor was only able to practice periodically for the TT. On medical advice, he withdrew from the week's opening Superbike race, together with further races during the week, in the hope that he would be passed fit to compete in the Senior TT which was scheduled for Friday, June 8.

Due to adverse weather, the Senior race was postponed until Saturday, June 9, but again the effects of the previous day's rain meant that the Senior TT was eventually cancelled - the first time the race has been cancelled due to weather in its 105 year history.

Therefore, Cummins did not compete in any of the races at the 2012 Isle of Man TT.

2013 - Milwaukee Yamaha[edit]

Cummins finished third in the Lightweight TT Race.

TT3D Closer to the Edge[edit]

TT3D: Closer to the Edge is a documentary film about the 2010 Isle of Man TT races. The film examines what motivates the riders who race the TT and risk everything to become "King of the Mountain". Filmed in 3D, the film is a story about freedom of choice and the strength of human spirit. The film follows the leading riders in the 2010 race meeting, including Conor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Conors NCT Racing Profile
  2. ^ Conors Race Record
  3. ^ Conor is Duke Rankings Winner
  4. ^ 5th Place For Conor at TT 2008
  5. ^ 7th Place for Connor in Junior TT
  6. ^ Cummins and Vanfit Split.
  7. ^ "McAdoo sign up Cummins for 2009". BBC Sport. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  8. ^ "Cummins Grabs TT Podium". BBC Sport. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Cummins 2nd in Senior TT". BBC Sport. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Cummins Record 130mph Lap". BBC Sport. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 

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