Manx ace Conor Cummins targeting podium success at Ulster
Manx ace Conor Cummins has been conspicuous by his absence at the business end of proceedings this year on the roads, but the affable Honda rider is confident he can be on the podium at next week's Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.
The 29-year-old , who has described his season to date as, 'consistent', said: "I have to be happy with my sixth place in the Senior TT back in June, but there is still more to do."
Speaking of his aspirations for next week's UGP, he added: "It's an event I have always liked, testing the rider and coupled with the speeds, it is very easy to see why so many of us enjoy competing at the Ulster each year.
"There is so much passion from the Irish fans and if the weather can be kind, there is always some mega racing."
Cummins will compete in the Supersport class for the Honda-backed Jackson Racing Team, as well as running the factory Honda Racing Fireblade in the Superbike category.
"It's been a good season so far and I know that I could not have ridden that bike any harder at the TT," he continued.
"The margins between riders now are just so fine and, quite simply, I could not have done anymore. But I have to take something away from this year. There's a job to do and I'll be going for the win at the Ulster. It's that simple and nothing less will do.
"I feel in great shape and the bikes will be suited to the circuit. The rest is down to me and I'm confident of a win for both myself and the team."
Bike Week at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix runs from August 3-8.