2014 IOM TT: Conor Cummins Joins John McGuinness at Honda

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Honda Motor Europe announces Conor Cummins as the new team member for the 2014 Isle of Man TT. Cummins will team up with the Mountain King himself, the already legendary John McGuinness.
The 20-time TT winner Mr Pint will thus have a Manx native colleague and both will be riding 2014 Honda CBR1000 Fireblade machines.

McGuinness and Cummins will both participate in the Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior races, but the latter will also ride for the Honda team in he RL 360 Superstock class. The same duo is expected to race in the North West 200.

For Conor Cummins this means his Honda debut, after winning the newcomers award at the TT Races and the NW200 in 2006. The official Isle of Man TT website also describes Cummins as having secured "the first of four TT podiums in 2009, the third fastest rider in the history of the event and holds the record for the fastest lap from a standing start at 131.511mph.

A career-threatening crash during the 2010 TT has done nothing to dampen the 26-year-old’s ambition as he aims to come back fighting with the Honda team."

John McGuinness
"I’m really glad to be staying with the Honda to continue the strong relationship we’ve built up in road racing over the years. The team is like family to me and it’s important that I have support that I know I can rely on 100%. It’s great news that Conor will be joining the team.

I have a lot of respect for him – he’s young, he’s hungry for it and he has so much passion for racing. It will be a pleasure to be his team-mate. This year proved that there’s life in the old dog yet, so I can’t wait to get back on the Fireblade and see what we can do."

Conor Cummins
"I am thrilled to bits to be with Honda in 2014. In my eyes this is the absolute pinnacle of road racing. Riding for a team like Honda has been something I’ve been aiming for my whole career so for me this is a huge deal.

The team has so much experience and I just want to make the most of the opportunity I’ve been given. I’m really looking forward to racing the new Honda Fireblade and hopefully bringing home some good results."

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