Isle of Man TT: Local hero Cummins targets race victories
Conor Cummins has said he is "totally focussed" ahead of the Isle of Man TT races, which begin on Saturday.
Cummins is the fastest Manx racer in the event's history and this year is riding for the Milwaukee Yamaha team.
He said: "It is the best race in the world and I have a great team behind me to get some results."
The 27-year-old from Ramsey has recorded three podium finishes at the TT, including second place in the 2009 Senior race.
And he is hoping to go one better this year.
"We had a nice little shakedown at the North West, but now we are ready for the main event. The bikes are working brilliant and the team is top notch, so there is no reason why we can't achieve," he said.
"There is no expectation from myself, but to stand on the top step would mean everything to me."
In 2010, a spectacular crash at the Verandah, when he was challenging for the lead, left the 'Ramsey rocket' with a number of serious injuries.
"I broke a load of bones in my back, dislocated my leg, bust my arm - I had fractures here there and everywhere and lots of internal bruising, but these things happen," he recalled.
"It is all behind me know and I getting on with it. These sorts of things happen. It's a dangerous sport, crashes happen and hopefully it is my last".
Cummins spent months in hospital in Liverpool following the crash and lost the use of his right hand for several months.
However, he never thought about walking away from the sport.
"Racing is what I do and I'm not going to go and work in a bank. It tested my mental strength and if anything it has made me stronger. Now I am back and totally focussed," he said.
Despite his ordeal Cummins returned to race at the event the following year, although not 100% fit, but missed the 2012 TT after breaking his hand at the North West 200.
He holds the lap record of 131.511mph for the Superbike Race at the TT, which is also the fastest 'standing start' lap in the event's history, and cannot wait for the races to start this weekend..
"I feel that with the experience and equipment Milwaukee Yamaha have, I will be in a position to challenge for Superbike race wins," he added.