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Cummins Debuts on Tyco Suzuki GSX-R

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Tyco Suzuki GSX-R 1000

Last week, Conor Cummins and his Tyco Suzuki teammate Guy Martin were in Douglas for the 2012 Isle of Man TT media launch.

Following the event, the Tyco Suzuki team wasted no time giving Cummins his first outing on the GSX-R1000 that he’ll compete on in the North West 200 May 19 and the Isle of Man TT races this June.

Cummins debuted on the bike in Northern Ireland this week during a two-day test at Kirkstown. During the testing, the 26-year-old Ramsey resident completed 200 laps, testing not only the GSX-R1000 Superbike in Tyco Suzuki livery, but also a Superstock-spec GSX-R1000 and the British Championship-winning GSX-R 600. All bikes were fitted with race-spec Pirelli tires.

Conor Cummins (TYCO Suzuki) says: “That was a really productive two-day test on the Tyco Suzukis at Kirkistown. The team built the Superbike up and it gave me a chance to clock up the miles in readiness for the start of the international roads at the NW200 in May; 200 laps certainly taught me a lot about the big Superbike. The new GSX-R is an awesome bike to ride and I was smiling from ear-to-ear from start to finish. I really do believe it will be a great bike for the roads.

“The weather was great for both days despite what the forecast predicted, which meant we could try different tires. The Pirellis are pretty impressive anyway, but the ones we ran at the test were even more impressive, which fills me with confidence going forward. We also used the test to try and get a good base setting dialled-in for the Superstock bike, which we did and can now go to Oulton Park knowing where we need to be. All in all I am really pleased with how the test went.”

Philip Neill (TYCO Suzuki Team Manager) says: “No one could have predicted the conditions: sunny, 15 degrees and virtually no wind at all. Conor tested all three bikes, which was important for us. It was purely a shakedown in preparation for the international roads and to run through the Pirelli options on offer. It was good for the guys to work with him and get an understanding of how he likes to set a bike up and where he needs to be on the Superbike. It was all very positive.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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