Cameron Donald joins Valvoline Padgetts Honda for Supersport TT effort

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Double TT winner Cameron Donald is to be reunited with formerteammate Bruce Anstey after joining the Valvoline Padgetts Honda team for TT 2015.

The 37 year old Melbourne racer will race the CBR600RR Honda previously raced by John McGuinness alongside his appearances for the Norton squad on the Island this summer.

“Padgetts Motorcycles are one of the most successful race teams the TT has ever seen so when Clive (Padgett) rang me and asked if I would be part of the team for the 2015 TT it didn’t take me long to say yes.” Donald said.

“The team obviously build great bikes and I have a lot of experience of my own with the CBR600 RR Honda, so together I think we should be right on the pace and come the races. I enjoyed being team mates with Bruce in the past and I am sure we will push each other on again as team mates in 2015.”

Donald sat out the Supersport Races in 2014 but he has an impressive pedigree in the 600cc class with a pair of runner-up spots in 2012. Anstey pipped him to the chequered flag by just 0.77s in the opening encounter, one of the closest races in TT history.

Donald also set his own personal best lap on a 600cc machine at 127.217mph in 2013, making him the fourth fastest Supersport rider of all time.

Team Manager Clive Padgett said “Replacing one of the TT’s greatest ever riders in John McGuinness is something that any team would find a challenge, but for the Supersport class there was one obvious candidate and that was Cameron Donald. I have been a long time admirer of Cameron as a rider and a person and his record speaks for itself. He’s the fourth fastest rider ever on a Supersport bike around the TT Course and we are confident that we can give him a motorcycle that is capable of winning races in 2015.”

Stephen Davison

By Stephen Davison

Biographer of John McGuinness & road racing's foremost writer & photographer