Manxman Conor Cummins has signed to ride for Neil Haslam’s Midlands-based NCT Racing in the National Superstock series next year.
The 21-year-old from Ramsey, one of the new crop of young racing stars on the roads, will continue to ride in the major international road races but his main focus in on the British short circuits.
Cummins said: “I’ve known Neil since I did the R6 Cup. I met him when I did the North West and he wanted to run me in 2007 but I’d already done a deal with an Irish team. But signing with Neil’s NCT team is great for me. They’re very professional and this is an ideal chance for me to prove myself on short circuits.
“The Irish road race meetings have been good to me but I’ve always wanted to get back into racing in the British championship. I’m really excited.”
Cummins raced for the Irish-based JMF Millsport Racing Yamaha team in 2007. He became the fastest-ever Manxman around the TT course and this year’s 100th Anniversay TT saw him established as one of the most promising TT riders for the future when he finished fifth in the Superstock race, sixth in Supersport and was also sixth in the Senior and eighth in the Superbike race. He also won the 600 and Superbike Irish road racing titles and topped the Duke Road Race Rankings covering pure road racing events in the UK and Ireland.
Cummins said: JMF wanted to continue doing all the roads but I didn’t. There was no fall out, in fact I’m really grateful for everything they did for me in 2007. We had a great season together and that has allowed me to establish myself.”
Cummins said he will race at the North West, TT, Ulster GP and Southern 100 and will have bikes for superbike, supersport and superstock classes while he will concentrate on the National Superstock series at BSB rounds.