Cummins ready to build on strong end to 2015

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Honda Racing’s Conor Cummins says he’s ready to build on a strong end to the 2015 season in order to get to where he knows he can be, after the Manxman penned a deal to remain with the squad for a third year.

Struggling to break into the podium spots at both the North West 200 and his home race, the Isle of Man TT, Cummins says that he instead needs to concentrate on his strong season-ending form at the Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix to build for a strong 2016.

“2015 was a mixed season for me, I didn’t really get the results I wanted at the North West or the TT, but it all came together at the Ulster and leaving with two second places was great.

“I’m well happy to be staying with the team; I’ve been there two years now and everything has been perfect. 2015 wasn’t the best of years for me, but I’m grateful to Honda for giving me another shot now. I know I can do a good job; it’s just a case of actually going out and doing it!

“I finished 2015 strong, and it’s a case of carrying on that momentum, starting 2016 strong, and going out and getting those results.”

As well as lining up for the Honda Racing team on the roads, he’ll also remain with the Jackson Racing team for both the supersport and Superstock classes as well as the Endurance World Championship; a role he says he’s keen to resume.

“I’m really happy to be back in the Endurance World Championship with Jackson Racing as well. – it’s the same as with the Honda Racing team; I had a good year, I made some improvements and I’m looking forward to going again now.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer