Team Winfield will take to the Mountain Course with a strong line-up once again this year at the Classic TT road racing event.
The two-man line-up consists of Honda Racing team-mates John McGuinness and Conor Cummins, who will ride the famous course on Roger Winfield’s 500cc Patons.
It’s the fourth year in a row that 23-time Isle of Man TT Race winner McGuinness has campaigned the Italian machine and both he and the team will be hoping for a change in fortune having yet to complete a race since the combination came together at the inaugural Classic TT in 2013.
The ‘Morecambe Missile’ has shown his pace in practice, with his best lap to date coming in 2014 at 112.031mph -which is unofficially a class lap record.
Team owner Roger Winfield said: “We had some terrible luck with John at the Classic TT and we hope this year will see an end to that and we can enjoy watching him complete four fast laps. There is no doubt that if he crosses the finish line, he is going to be among the leading riders and his times in practice previously make him unofficially the fastest rider ever in this class.”
Cummins, meanwhile, will get his first taste of the 500cc Paton with the Manxman taking over the seat usually filled by Ryan Farquhar. The Dungannon rider is continuing his recuperation following the serious injuries he sustained at the North West 200.
Cummins has only competed on one other occasion at the Classic TT, back in 2013. Cummins was out of luck in the 500cc race but bounced back to take seventh in the 350cc Classic TT, before going on to claim an excellent second place on the Team Classic Suzuki in the Formula 1 Classic TT.
On the signing of Cummins, Winfield said: “We are delighted to welcome Conor back to the team. He has ridden with us at the Island Classic in Australia for the past few seasons and always done a great job. This will be his first ride on the Paton for us and there is no doubt he has the speed to be one of the favourites for victory come the race.”