TAS Racing has signed Manxman Conor Cummins to race Tyco Suzuki machinery during his 2012 international road racing campaign which is based around the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
The 25-year-old is regarded as one of the sport's hottest young properties and despite his high-speed and hugely publicised accident on the Mountain Circuit during the Senior TT in 2010, he is now fighting fit and looking forward to a new chapter in his career.
Cummins will also take in a number of British Superstock rounds throughout the season and hand-picked road races like the Southern 100 for Tyco Suzuki.
"This is the ride I've been wanting for three or four years. I'm thrilled to have been given the chance to now ride for a factory-supported team in Tyco Suzuki and to be working with the boys at TAS Racing. I've been training hard with gym sessions and out on the pushbike and mountain bike over the winter, so I'm relishing the thought of getting aboard the team's GSX-R1000 Superbike in testing. I'd say I'm not far off being as fit as I ever was and having been over to the workshop to meet the boys in Northern Ireland and have a look at my bikes. April can't come quick enough to get racing!"
Philip Neill - Team Manager:
"After months of speculation and negotiations it's great to finally welcome Conor Cummins to our team for the 2012 international road racing season. It's fair to say there has been a little bit of pressure to return to a two-rider team on the roads - so once we'd reached that decision, Conor really was the obvious choice. As a person I've always been hugely impressed with Conor and his riding skills were evident to all after those blistering lap speeds at the 2010 TT.
"However, probably more impressive is the determination he has shown in his comeback from injury, and for me, that was more than enough to justify a factory-supported ride with us here at Tyco Suzuki. I'll be looking forward to working with Conor both on and off the track this season, as he has the attitude and personality I was really looking for in a rider."
Hector Neill - Team Owner:
"It's no secret the Isle of Man TT is the highlight of the racing season for me, and with that in mind, it was important to have a two-rider line-up. It's also widely known that my number one desire in racing is to again win the Senior TT trophy. So what better way than to win it with a Manxman onboard."