TT 2018: ‘I had to have a word with myself on lap one’ - Cummins

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Conor Cummins ended the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races just as he had started with a podium in a Superbike race.

It was 2014 when the Ramsey rider had last stood on the podium but second in the Superbike, third in the Senior and personal best laps in all classes meant it was a strong week for the Manxman as he announced his return to the big stage.

Although he didn’t lap as quick as what he had done in the opening Superbike race, thus not having the pace to run with the flying Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison, two laps in excess of 132mph enabled him to be the best of the rest and see off the surprisingly under-par Michael Dunlop.

“The pace was hot today and I wasn’t surprised by the lap speeds the front guys were doing - I just wanted to put together six clean laps,” Cummins said afterwards. “My first lap was a bit sketchy though as I was missing a few apexes so I had to have a word to myself to sort it out and get going.”

“I managed to do that and when Dean came by me on the fourth lap, I tired to stick with him but a couple of backmarkers got between us and I lost the tow. I tried to stay smooth and ride my own race and whilst the top step would have been better, the facts are I’m third.”

“I didn’t manage to better my lap times from the Superbike race but I’ve set personal best’s in every class this year so I’ll hopefully come back stronger in 2019. The team have been amazing all fortnight and it’s been a slick operation so two big bike podiums will do for me.“excess of 135mph and the outright lap record holder feels pretty special.”

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