When 21-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness was unable to continue with the Batley-based Padgetts Motorcycles, Team Principal Clive Padgett knew he needed a talented rider to fill the vacancy.
Padgett wasted no time, and on Wednesday announced that the Australian Cameron Donald will pilot the Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Honda CBR600RRs during the Monster Energy Supersport races at the 2015 Isle of Man TT.
Clive Padgett says “Replacing one of the TT’s greatest ever riders in John McGuinness is something that any team would find a challenge, but for the Supersport class there was one obvious candidate and that was Cameron Donald.
“I have been a long time admirer of Cameron as a rider and a person and his record speaks for itself. He’s the fourth fastest rider ever on a Supersport bike around the TT Course and we are confident that we can give him a motorcycle that is capable of winning races in 2015.”
The 37-year-old Donald – a two-time TT winner – joins Bruce Anstey for the two four-lap Supersport races. These two are no strangers to each other; they rode for three years together on the TAS Suzuki team from 2008-2010.
Donald sat out the 2014 Supersport races, but already had impressive performances on CBR600RR machinery. He finished both 2012 Supersport races in the runner-up spot, which inlcuded the closet race-finish in TT history when Anstey beat Donald to the line by a mere 0.77 of a second (Supersport 1).
Due to his performances, Donald was awarded the TT Supporters Club Trophy. He didn’t make the podium during 2013 Supersport races, but posted a personal best lap time of 127.217mph, making him fourth fastest 600cc rider of all time.
Speaking of the new endeavor with Padgetts, Donald says “Padgetts Motorcycles are one of the most successful race teams the TT has ever seen so when Clive (Padgett) rang me and asked if I would be part of the team for the 2015 TT it didn’t take me long to say yes. The team obviously build great bikes and I have a lot of experience of my own with the CBR600 RR Honda, so together I think we should be right on the pace and come the races. I enjoyed being team mates with Bruce in the past and I am sure we will push each other on again as team mates in 2015.”