Honda Motor Europe have confirmed that John McGuinness and Conor Cummins will compete on the roads for them in 2014. Cummins, who raced for Milwaukee Yamaha this season, joined McGuinness on the main stage at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham for their first appearance together as team-mates.
“We’re pleased to announce our 2014 line-up for the roads and very happy to welcome Conor Cummins to the team,” team boss Neil Tuxworth said. “He’s an Isle of Man lad whose father and uncle have raced on the island so the TT is in his blood. He has a great work ethic and a determination to succeed and I have a lot of admiration for him. He’s back to full fighting fitness following his 2010 crash and as one of the fastest men ever around the mountain course, he definitely has the ability to win races”.
Cummins made his debut at the international road races in 2006 when he instantly made an impact as fastest newcomer at both the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200. He has an impressive record at the Isle of Man in particular, securing four podiums since 2009 and is the third fastest rider in the history of the event. He also holds the record for the fastest lap from a standing start at 131.5mph.
His new team-mate John McGuiness said: “It’s great news that Conor will be joining the team. I have a lot of respect for him – he’s young, he’s hungry for it and he has so much passion for racing. It will be a pleasure to be his team-mate.”
McGuinness is also no slouch on the roads. With six North West 200 victories to his name, McGuinness also has an enviable record around the Isle of Man TT. Victory in the Senior race at this year’s TT was win number 20th around the island and his 41st podium.
“The relationship between John and Honda is well-established and proven to bring results,” Tuxworth continued. “He is by far the most successful current TT rider in terms of wins and podiums and he showed at this year’s event that he is still the quickest rider around the Isle of Man. We are of course very happy to have him with us again. With John and Conor on board, I believe we are in a very strong position for the 2014 road racing events.”
Cummins himself is also excited about the move. “I am thrilled to bits to be with Honda in 2014,” he said. “In my eyes this is the absolute pinnacle of road racing. Riding for a team like Honda has been something I’ve been aiming for my whole career so for me this is a huge deal. The team has so much experience and I just want to make the most of the opportunity I have been given. I’m really looking forward to racing the new Honda Fireblade and hopefully bringing home some good results”.