Just ahead of the 2016 Isle of Man TT, Conor Cummins has signed with the Batley-based Padgetts Honda to contest CBR machinery in the Monster Energy Supersport and RL350 Quantum Superstock TTs. The major sponsor for Padgetts in 2016 is Valvoline.The 29-year-old Isle of Man native began competing on Honda machinery next to 23-time TT winner John McGuinness in 2015. That season, he secured second place in the Senior TT. Cummins will continue to campaign his Honda Racing Team CBR1000RR Fireblade SP in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT races.
Last season, Cummins competed aboard the Jackson Racing Team for the Supersport and Superstock classes. But Honda (Europe) team management made the decision this year to balance the rider line-up within their two partner teams with Jackson Honda Racing focused on McGuinness and Steve Mercer, and Padgetts Honda focusing on Bruce Anstey and Cummins.“I’m absolutely thrilled to have Conor on board,” said team manager Clive Padgett. “When it looked like it might come about I didn’t have to think twice. He’s the perfect addition to the team. We’re currently building his bikes and look forward to getting to the TT.”Conor Cummins said “I’ve known Clive Padgett for many years. He actually sold me my first ever race bike, a second hand RS125 and I’ve always been impressed with the way that the team prepares the bikes. They have a record that’s second to none around the Isle of Man. I’m really excited about representing the team and it will be a real honor to ride in the famous team colors.”Padgetts Honda reports that off the last 39 TT races the team has started around the Mountain Course, they have finished in the top four on no less than 33 occasions, including 27 podiums and 11 wins.The team is probably most well known for Ian Hutchinson’s five wins in a week in 2010 – a record for most TTs won.. The team has also secured numerous lap and race records including Bruce Anstey’s RST Superbike win in 2015 in a record winning time of 128.749mph (1:45.29.902).
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.