Cameron Donald is confident of pushing for race wins in the Supersport class at the 2015 Isle of Man TT after joining Clive Padgett’s Honda team.
The Australian star, who will again compete for Norton on the updated SG3 in the Superbike and Senior events, will be team-mates with Bruce Anstey for both Monster Energy Supersport races on the Mountain Course in June, taking over from 21-times winner John McGuinness.
Morecambe man McGuinness was unable to continue his long association with Padgetts Motorcycles this season due to a sponsor clash, with Valvoline’s backing of the Batley-based squad conflicting with Motul’s support of the official Honda Racing team of McGuinness and Manxman Conor Cummins, who will contest the Superbike races at the North West 200 and TT on the CBR1000RR Fireblade.
Donald, a double TT winner following a memorable year in 2008 when he clinched a Superstock and Superbike brace for TAS Racing, remains the fourth fastest rider ever to lap the 37.73-mile Mountain Course on a 600cc machine, clocking an average speed of 127.217mph in 2013 on Wilson Craig’s Honda.
He has twice finished as the runner-up in the class, including a dramatic finish in 2012 when Kiwi Anstey edged him out by only 0.77 seconds after four laps in one of the closest races ever witnessed in TT history.
Donald sat out the Supersport events last year to concentrate on his commitments with Norton, but nonetheless he will still be regarded as one of the key contenders this year on Padgett’s immaculately prepared Honda CBR600RR.
“Padgetts Motorcycles are one of the most successful race teams the TT has ever seen so when Clive rang me and asked if I would be part of the team for the 2015 TT it didn’t take me long to say yes,” said Donald.
“The team obviously build great bikes and I have a lot of experience of my own with the CBR600RR Honda, so together I think we should be right on the pace come the races. I enjoyed being team mates with Bruce in the past and I am sure we will push each other on again as team mates in 2015.”
Donald and Anstey previously worked together as team-mates in the TAS Suzuki colours from 2008 to 2010 and the duo form a strong line-up in the for team owner Padgett, who has no doubt Donald is the ideal replacement for McGuinness.
“Replacing one of the TT’s greatest ever riders in John McGuinness is something that any team would find a challenge, but for the Supersport class there was one obvious candidate and that was Cameron Donald,” Padgett said.
“I have been a long time admirer of Cameron as a rider and a person and his record speaks for itself.”