A busy TT Monday for Cummins and Anstey
The Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Honda team were back out in force at the Isle of Man TT Races on Monday with both Conor Cummins and Bruce Anstey contesting both the Supersport and Superstock races. And Manxman Cummins enjoyed an excellent day, taking two top eight finishes.
His best performance came in the morning’s Supersport 600cc race where he was on board the CBR600RR Honda. despite his 6’5 frame, the 30-year old has always excelled on the middleweight machines and so it again proved. Lapping comfortably quicker than what he’d ever gone before on a 600, 126.620mph, Conor crossed the line in fifth, just 0.7s behind fourth placed James Hillier to be the first Honda machine to finish. However, after the race, runner up Michael Dunlop was disqualified for a technical infringement this promoting Conor up the order to fourth.
Later in the afternoon, he was out on the CBR1000RR Honda Fireblade in the Superstock race and with a number of 128mph+ laps, he was able to run inside the top eight throughout and was rewarded at the chequered flag with seventh place, just behind fellow Honda rider John McGuinness.
For team-mate Anstey, it was a more challenging day as firstly a suspected head gasket problem caused him to retire on the third lap of the Supersport 600cc race whilst running insdie the top ten. He was also out in the Superstock race but with the Kiwi still bruised and sore after his practice crash at Keppel Gate last Thursday, he didn’t have the strength to put in the 130mph+ laps he’s capable of and reluctantly retired at the end of the first lap.
Bruce Anstey: “It’s been a tough day and I’m still struggling with my injuries from the practice crash last Thursday although we had a bike issue with the 600 that cuased me to stop. The temperature just kept going up and up, to something like 100-110 degrees, and after the pit stop it got worse so I pulled in at Ballacraine rather than do further damage to the bike. The Superstock bike’s easier to ride than the Superbike but the strength just wasn’t there and my whole body was aching! I was hanging on during that first lap so decided to retire to save myslef for Wednesday where I hope to have a real good go on the 600.”
Conor Cummins: “I’m over the moon with today’s results especially the little 600. To lap at 126.6mph on a Supersport bike is brilliant and way faster than what I’ve ever gone before and that’s testament to the bike Clive and the team have put beneath me. It was my first race on the bike so to finish fourth in such a quality field is excellent. We were down a bit on power to the BMWs and Kawasakis in the Superstock race, as we knew we would be, but I love riding the Fireblade and it was a joy to ride. It handles perfectly and was on rails throughout and whilst you always want top finish on the podium, we’re pleased with the end result.”
Clive Padgett: “We’re delighted with Conor’s results today and he’s been a joy to work with ever since he came on board. His 600cc ride was excellent both in terms of lap speeds, the end result and being the first Honda to finish whilst he also did us proud in the Superstock race. Bruce is still suffering a bit with his inuries and is quite severely bruised but he’s still a hero in our eyes and should be stronger for the final two day’s of racing.”
The team are back out in force in Wednesday morning’s second Supersport race, which is scheduled to get underway at 10.45am.
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