It'll be his 8th TT with the team
Manx TT racer Conor Cummins has re-signed with Milenco by Padgett's for an eighth year.
He'll join Ian Hutchinson on Honda machinery at this year's festival.
The Manx man's looking to increase his tally of 12 TT podiums.
Last year’s campaign was severely hampered by illness which saw him miss half of practice week and the opening Superbike and Supersport races, but he still managed a pair of fourths in the Senior and second Superstock races.
Cummins says: “I’ve taken my time over the off-season to understand what I wanted to achieve in the year ahead and now that all the pieces of the jigsaw are in place, I’m delighted to be staying with the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles team.”
“I’ve had a bit of a reset, analysing everything both on and off track, and I want to go racing properly and be committed to try and win races with the TT being at the top of the list. I’m keen to get back racing and push for wins in 2024. The desire and passion are still very much there, and after discussing everything with Clive, he’s brought everything to the table so together we’ll be throwing the kitchen sink at the TT.”
“I know what I want to do and that’s win. I made a good step forward in 2022 with the 133mph lap and was looking forward to doing more of the same last year only for a virus to scupper that. I missed a lot of track time and in the races I did, I could only really push hard on the first lap; after that the head and body were exhausted. Obviously, that was out of my control, but I’ll be doing everything possible to put in my best ever TT performances.”
Having been alongside Davey Todd since 2019, a new team mate is also set to reinvigorate Cummins further:
“I’m delighted to be team-mate to Ian and, first and foremost, I’m delighted for him to be back racing as he’s been through a lot. It’s great to see him back and with Hutchy, Clive and the whole team, we’re in an extremely strong position. I’m not here to make the numbers up and I’m determined to have my best season in racing, not just at the TT but at every circuit.”
Clive Padgett is Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Team Principal: “Conor’s part of the Padgett family so it’s great to continue our relationship for an eighth year. The four Superbike and Senior podiums across 2018 and 2019 were incredible and the Senior and Superstock performances in 2022 were amazing, especially his 133mph+ lap in the latter.”
“Last year was obviously affected by illness and I’m not sure people realised just how poorly Conor was, so for him to finish fourth in the Senior was nothing short of a miracle. That just goes to show how talented he is and with him and Hutchy on board for 2024, we’re very excited about the season ahead.”
Cummins and the team have several pre-season tests planned before contesting a number of British Championship rounds and the North West 200 prior to the 2024 Isle of Man TT Races.