Isle of Man TT star Conor Cummins was delighted with his return to racing after being forced to sit out the 2012 TT with a hand injury.
The Manxman sustained the injury at the North West 200 and was unable to compete on the Mountain course in June.
However, he was back in action last week at the 2012 Southern 100, held on the 4.25-mile Billown circuit in the south of the Island.
The Tyco Suzuki star admitted he had been frustrated to miss the TT and delighted to return to the roads, especially as he secured five podium finishes from five starts.
Writing in his latest Tyco Suzuki blog, the Ramsey man said:
“After having to frustratingly stand on the sidelines for the whole of this year’s Isle of Man TT because of my hand injury, it was great to get back to competitive racing again in July – and no better place than at home here in the Isle of Man at the Southern 100.”
“The event lived up to its usual form by being one of the most professionally organised road races of the season, so all credit to the organisers. The weather was great and the crowds lined the circuit to wave us all on at almost every corner.”
“Taking five podiums from five starts made me a happy man for the first time this season. I was competitive in all races and did my fastest ever lap of the track. The Supersport results came as a real surprise to be honest. The little GSX–R600 was faultless all week and I really enjoyed riding it and the big GSX–R1000 Superbike was fantastic to ride yet again.”
“All I need to focus on for the Superbike is my starts, as they let me down a bit, but otherwise I’m well happy with how I rode on both machines.”
“There were some great dices on track, which really got the adrenaline going, and made for some great racing all week at the Southern. At times we were three abreast into some corners, so a bit of paint swapping went on, but it was all very safe, which is what I like.”
“Ultimately it was great competitive track time on the bikes and it’s exactly what I needed. Big Arnie worked hard to give me the best set up possible and it paid off, so a big thank you to him. Along with Mark and Danny they all seemed to enjoy themselves, but more importantly for Suzuki and our sponsors, it was great to see the Tyco Suzuki team put on a great show again.”
“It certainly made up for the disappointment of missing the TT, but hopefully I’m not finished yet and a top step at the Ulster Grand Prix would be a fitting end to the pure road racing season.”