CUM­MINS, HICK­MAN AND KNEEN IN THE MIX

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Peter Hick­man, Dan Kneen and Conor Cum­mins made their mark in the fi­nal in­ter­na­tional road race of the sea­son.

Manx­man Cum­mins steered the Valvo­line Pad­gett’s Honda CBR600RR to a podium fin­ish in the open­ing Su­per­sport race and Hick­man per­formed a sim­i­lar feat in the sec­ond event on the Trooper Beer ZX-6R with Kneen tak­ing a Su­per­stock podium. In the fi­nal su­per­bike race Cum­mins was lap­ping at over 133mph to close in on the lead­ing trio on the last lap be­fore fin­ish­ing fourth on his Honda CBR1000RR.

“We’ve been com­pet­i­tive all day,” the Ramsey man re­flected.

“The Pad­getts team put to­gether a great bike, and the 600 was phe­nom­e­nal as I was right with the group all the time but I just didn’t get the op­por­tu­nity to make the move!

“The su­per­bike was great, we had a fourth in race one, another fourth in race two and I was bloody happy with the lap time we did to nearly break the record.”

The chal­lenge of JG Speed­fit Kawasaki BSB star Hick­man, who won his first road race at last year’s Ul­ster, was un­done by the me­chan­i­cal is­sues that have plagued the squad’s ZX-10R this sea­son.

“The new Kawasaki seems to have its finicky ways and it’s just caught us out again re­ally,” the 30-year-old ad­mit­ted af­ter be­ing forced to re­tire from both the Su­per­bike and stocker races. “We got on the podium with the Su­per­sport bike, but I thought I could’ve fought in the Su­per­stock race and Su­per­bike races.”

Su­per­sport podium for Hick­man

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