Honda Racing’s Conor Cummins’ 2nd and 6th North West 200 finish
Last weekend saw Conor Cummins make his Honda Racing debut at the North West 200. He secured a podium and 6th place finish in his 2014 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. The first race was shortened from 7 to 5 laps in the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit because of heavy rainfall. Cummins had a good start and got to 2nd place by the end of the 2nd lap.
Michael Dunlop’s penultimate lap move saw Cummins drop back to 3rd place. This was his 3rd North West 200 podium and his second of the day, having placed second in the earlier Supersport race. William Dunlop won and Michael Dunlop finished 2nd.
Race two too was a 5 lap affair. Cummins finished in 6th place. Michael Dunlop came 1st, Josh Brookes 2nd, and Alastair Seeley came 3rd. John McGuinness struggled as his broken scaphoid continues to heal and pulled into the pits on the final lap of both superbike races. Honda Racing team is now focused on Isle of Man TT, which begins on Monday 26th May.
Neil Tuxworth team manager said, “It’s been difficult for John due to his injury and the fact that he’s had very little time on the bike. This circuit is particularly hard on his wrist as you have to break heavily seven or eight times. I think it will be a little easier for him at the TT after two more weeks of recuperation. On the other side, Conor has had a fantastic day and he’s performing just as I expected. I think he’ll be one of the top contenders at this year’s TT without a doubt.”
John McGuinness (DNF) said, “I’m not going to lie, today has been one of the toughest days I’ve ever had in racing. My wrist injury has made things very difficult around this circuit and it was almost impossible for me to push, particularly in the conditions we had today. I just have to put this behind me and look ahead to the TT. I’ve got another week or so of recovery and physio time so let’s hope I can improve things before we head there.”
Conor Cummins finsihed 3rd and 6th, and said, “It’s been a good day at the office for me. If someone has told me last night that I could have a third and a sixth today, I’ve have taken that without hesitation. The weather played a big role today and it’s been tricky racing but I’m happy. I just wanted to get that last race done and now I’m in a really positive frame of mind to head to the TT. All in all, it’s been a great day.”