FOLLOWING on from my previous column, the news about the future of Conor Cummins for the 2013 season was announced on Wednesday and he will be riding for the Milwaukee Team.
The team run by Sean Muir have said the following: 'Milwaukee Yamaha have today (Wednesday) announced that Isle of Man resident Conor Cummins will join William Dunlop in their International road racing squad for the 2013 season, with the main objective being the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races.' Cummins is now back to full fitness after his 2010 TT crash at the Verandah which left him with serious injuries and, after spending this season getting back to the level of competition he is capable of, he is now ready to challenge for race victories once more. Following a promising TT debut in 2006, the popular Manx rider finished sixth in the Senior TT in the centenary TT meeting in 2007 and has three podium places to date, including finishing runner-up in the 2009 Senior TT.
He also holds the lap record of 131.511mph for the Superbike Race, which is also the fastest 'standing start' lap in the TT's history and makes him the second fastest TT rider of all time. As well as the TT Races, the Ramsey man will contest the North West 200, the Ulster Grand Prix and the Southern 100 and may also take up an option to go to Macau at the end of the season.
'This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I can't thank Shaun Muir and his team enough for the chance to join a championship-winning outfit,' said Cummins. 'I feel that with the experience and equipment Milwaukee Yamaha has, I will be in a position to challenge for Superbike race wins not only at my home event, the TT, but in the other internationals as well. 'In the past I have been very close to it, but I now see a clear way forward and my sights are firmly set on the podium.' Team principal Shaun Muir added: 'With Ian Hutchinson still on the sidelines, I needed to find someone capable of pushing William right from the word go. Conor is experienced, fast and has a huge will to win, so we are expecting great things from both in 2013.' All of the main teams have now announced their riders for the 2013 campaign, and it has all the hallmarks of being a cracker.
Michael Dunlop will be on board the TT Honda Legends, along with Michael Rutter and TT superstar John Mc Guinness, William Dunlop and Conor Cummins will compete on the Yamahas, Guy Martin and Josh Brooks on the Tyco Suzukis, Dean Harrison on the Kawasaki, and Cameron Donald will be racing for the Wilson Craig sponsored team. Ryan Farquhar has not made any definite plans for the new season, but there are strong rumours that James Hillier could partner Jamie Hamilton in the team. The Dungannon team owner looks certain to be involved in the sport in one way or another in 2013, and that alone is great news.