Isle of Man TT star celebrates enthralling race

Conor Cummins in action at the Macau Grand Prix (Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press International)

Isle of Man TT star Conor Cummins is celebrating an amazing Macau Grand Prix, proclaiming ‘I loved every second of that race”.

The fastest Manxman around the famous Mountain course was riding the PBM Kawasaki World Superbike machine during Saturday’s race, and enjoyed an amazing battle with Stuart Easton.

Easton led the first half of the race, but with the laps counting down, Ramsey man Cummins closed down the gap and took the lead on the penultimate lap. Easton fought back and took advantage of the backmarkers to moved back in front and take the win by just 0.381 seconds.

Although agonisingly close to the win after 15 laps, the 23-year-old is still delighted with an excellent weekend in the Far East.

He finished seventh in free practice, was fourth in the first qualifying session and moved up to second in the final qualifying period – just 0.8 seconds down on pole-sitter and 2008 Macau GP winner Easton.

Easton blasted away at the start of the race, and Cummins was left recovering from a sluggish getaway. However, by lap 10, Cummins – who took a podium finish in the 2009 Senior TT – had the gap down to just 3 seconds. Lapping almost a second a lap faster than his rival, Cummins was soon on Easton’s tail, and ready to make his move on lap 14.

Cummins took the lead at Fisherman’s Bend, and, with just one lap to go, was within touching distance of winning. Easton fought back, though, and slipped up the inside at the Lisboa Bend, crucially getting a backmarker between himself and Cummins.

Cummins said:

‘I loved every second of that race! Stuart got a good advantage in the early stages and I thought it was going to be real hard work to reel him in so I just rode at my own pace and used my head.’
‘The tyres were going off, but I could see the gap coming down and finally caught him with two laps to go. After I passed him I thought I could hold on to it, but I made a mistake through turn 2 on the last lap and it was enough for him to draft by.’
‘The backmarkers came into play, but fair play to Stuart, he rode a good race. Like I say, I thoroughly enjoyed the race and big thanks to Paul Bird for giving me the opportunity to race such a fantastic machine and to all my sponsors especially the Manx Sports Aid Foundation, Solway Slate & Tile, Pokerstars, ELAS, Duke Video and the 4WD and Van Centre.’

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