Anstey, Cummins and Padgetts eagerly await the TT like no other year.
The Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Honda team are gearing up for their assault on the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races and with Bruce Anstey and Conor Cummins on board the Honda machinery, they’ve every chance of adding to their phenomenal run of success on the island.
Anstey is now in his sixth year with the team and since joining them in 2011 his TT record has been exemplary, taking three wins and a total of 13 podiums, the most recent victory coming in last year’s Superbike race. Indeed, from the 24 races he’s started, he’s finished 22 with 20 of those being inside the top five.
The Kiwi will contest five races for the team riding three bikes. The sensational news is that he’ll be contesting the Superbike and Senior 6-lap races on the MotoGP derived RC213V-S. For the Monday Superstock encounter he’ll ride his familiar Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, and also the Honda CBR600RR in the two Supersport races. Having made his debut in 1999, the now 47-year old has finished on the podium at least once every year since 2000 and rightly comes into the event as a favourite for honours in all classes.
Meanwhile, a late deal with Cummins will see the Manxman ride for the Batley based outfit in the two Supersport Races and also the Superstock class too. The Ramsey-based rider has six podiums to his name at the TT and is currently the sixth fastest rider around the 37 and ¾ mile circuit with a lap of 131.797mph in last year’s Senior race.
The 30-year old will continue to campaign his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in the Superbike and Senior TT races for the Honda Racing factory team.
Of the last 39 TT races that the team has started around the Mountain Course they have finished in the top four on no less than 33 occasions and of those 27 were podium places with 11 wins. The team is probably most well-known for Ian Hutchinson’s five wins in a week in 2010 whilst they’ve also secured numerous lap and race records including Anstey’s Superbike win in 2015 in a record winning time. He was also the first rider to lap the Mountain Course at more than 132mph in 2014.
Bruce Anstey: “I didn’t have the greatest time at the North West 200 results wise but, fortunately, nothing was broken and it’s all about the TT now. It’s the main event of my season and I feel like I’m riding really well whilst the bikes were all going well especially the Superbike – as soon as I rode it I told Clive it’s the fastest thing I’ve ever ridden! Of course late news of me riding the RC is unreal and I can’t wait to see how it feels. I’m ready to get to the island and see how we get on but I’d love to get another big bike race win.”
Conor Cummins: “I’ve known Clive Padgett for many years. He actually sold me my first ever race bike, a second hand RS125 and I’ve always been impressed with the way that the team prepares the bikes. They have a record that’s second to none around the Isle of Man. I’m really excited about representing the team and it will be a real honour to ride in the famous team colours.”
Clive Padgett: “We’re all really looking forward to the TT with Bruce and Conor but, as I always say, as good as race wins are, the main thing is that we all come home safe. Our recent track record at the TT has been excellent so we’ll go there and work hard and I’m absolutely thrilled to have Conor on board alongside Bruce. When it looked like it might come about I didn’t have to think twice and he’s the perfect addition to the team. We started racing all those years ago to have fun – so let’s get to the TT and do exactly that. The recent news of us running a RC213V-S for Bruce has been massive and we are all so excited. It’s huge news for Bruce, all our sponsors and for the TT. We just can’t wait to experience that first practice session.”
Practice gets underway on Saturday 28th May with the opening race, the 6-lap Superbike, due to get underway at 11.00am on Saturday 4th June.
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