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Saturday 19 April 2014

Conor forced into a switch

WITH most of the top teams announcing their riders for the 2013 season, it looks like Conor Cummins will have a new team for the campaign.

Guy Martin and Josh Brooks will both be riding at the North West and TT for the Tyco Suzuki team, and so Cummins has been left without a place in the team, run by Phillip and Hector Neill. However, he has been in discussion with the Milwaukee Yamaha team run by Sean Muir, who have already announced that William Dunlop will be riding for them in the British Championship 600 class, and also the 'Big Three' - the North West, TT and Ulster Grand Prix. Cummins has also been in discussion with the SMT Honda team run by Robin Croft, who provided the machinery that saw Michael Rutter take his record-breaking eighth win at the Macau Grand Prix, and he also provided the fireblade that John McGuinness rode at Macau. Croft is anxious to run the popular Manx rider and he was recently quoted as saying: 'I am keeping my fingers crossed that Cummins will agree to spearhead my road race team next season in a oneman effort built solely around the Manx man. 'The aim is to pull together the rider and the budget, but the problem is a certain team owner who is keen to run the same rider.' Sean Muir is a very shrewd businessman and is keen to land the Manx rider to run with William Dunlop. Croft already has a Superbike and Superstock sorted, and said that he will build a World Supersport version of the 600 Honda for Cummins to ride next season. It also looks like that Bruce Anstey will again ride for the Padgett team in the 'Big Three' and the popular Kiwi gave the Clive Padgett team a big win at the TT when he won the first 600 Supersport race this year.

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