Roads: Cummins to miss North West 200

Published: 04 May 2017

Conor Cummins will miss next week’s Vauxhall International North West 200 races as he continues to recover from injury.

Cummins sustained a broken hand in a testing crash at Donington Park in March, and while the hand was operated on with a plan for the Manxman to be fit in time for the first international road race of the year, he has opted to take further time out after a visit to his surgeon earlier this week.

“Everything is good but the injury just needs more time to heal,” explained Cummins, who was set to compete in the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport races for Padgetts Honda.

“I could come to the North West and ride around but I want to be competitive and win races. I’m disappointed but it’s better not to disrupt the healing process,” he concludes with the aim now to be fit for the Isle of Man TT in three weeks’ time.

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Cummins’ absence means Bruce Anstey will line-up alone for the Batley squad at next week’s North West. Riding his 2016 Honda Fireblade, which clocked a top speed of 209mph at last year’s event, Anstey will be looking to return to the top step after losing his podium run last year.

“I was lying second in the Superbike race last year when I fell off at Church and if the chance of a win is there I will go for it,” he says. 

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