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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2013:Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin round Castletown corner on his way to winning the feature Superbike race at the Southern 100 road races on the Isle of Man this afternoon.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Riding a Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000, Guy Martin has won the Southern 100 Manx Gas Solo Championship title in fine style at the 4.25 mile Billown Circuit. The Lincolnshire man also set a new absolute lap record in the process of 114.245 mph – smashing the existing lap record, held by Michael Dunlop, by 0.67 mph. In perfect conditions, Martin tucked in behind his main rivals Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison for the first five of the eight laps before grabbing the lead and holding on to take his second career Solo Championship victory at the Southern 100. He said that he was “made up” to reclaim the title which he last won in 2009. Guy also recorded second and third placed finishes in the Superbike support races on Tuesday and Wednesday and set a new lap record in the Supersport class on Wednesday night with a lap speed of 110.306mph aboard his GSX-R600, only losing top spot on the podium by 0.077sec.
“I’m delighted for the boys and everyone involved with the team. I always knew I could do it when we got things bang on and today we’ve got things bang on. There was no re-inventing the wheel; it was just Danny, Mark and me and this morning we were cutting the grass and having a brew – no stress. But we’ve proved today that it’s not a fluke. We caught him [Dunlop], passed him; took the win and the lap record. I said yesterday that I didn’t mind coming last in those first two Superbike races to win the big one and that’s what we’ve done. Suzuki is the bike to be on as we’ve shown this week, and as for the Metzeler tyres – they were as good on the last lap as they were on the first. Bang on one hundred percent boy. I’m now looking forward to running the number 1 plate when we return next year.“ (Guy Martin)
Manx Gas Solo Championship Race [8 laps of the 4.25 Billown Circuit]
Champion: Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki] 18min:07.864s; 2nd – Michael Dunlop [Honda] +0.5sec; 3rd – Dean Harrison [Kawasaki] +18sec; 4th – Jamie Hamilton [Kawasaki] +17sec; 5th – Ian Lougher [Honda] +10sec; 6th – Russ Mountford [Kawasaki] +25sec
Tyco Suzuki and Red Torpedo would like to pass on their condolences to the families of those riders who sadly lost their lives during this week’s Southern 100 Road Races
Photos: courtesy of TAS Racing
Guy Martin brought his 2012 road racing season to a close with five wins at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount this weekend. He “re-claimed” the coveted Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup for the eighth time and gave Moneymore based TAS Racing their first Superbike wins at the North Yorkshire circuit.
Riding Tyco TAS Suzuki machinery, Guy opened his account on the Saturday with wins in the opening Superbike race of the Darran Lyndsay Trophy, the David Jeffries Supersport race and a further win in a 600cc Supersport heat. That was followed on Sunday with wins in the second leg of the Darran Lyndsay Trophy and the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup – making three Superbike and two Supersport wins in total. If it hadn’t been for an intermittent electrical problem that forced him to retire from the lead of the David Jefferies Supersport race on day two, it would have been a clean sweep of six wins from six starts. Speaking afterwards, a delighted Guy said:
“It’s been a great day and nice to get my hands back on the Gold Cup for the eighth time. I enjoyed the battle with McGuinness and Co for the win, which made it that little bit more special, and to give Tyco Suzuki their first win is mint. The boys always put in a big effort for me so they really deserve it and the big Suzuki never missed a beat. We almost, almost, had the clean sweep only for what I believe to be a tilt switch problem that caused the bike to cut out in the last race. She was grand when I got her back up onto the fat of the tyre, but it was too risky to take a chance with it. We’ll be happy with our lot: five wins is not to be sniffed at.“
“It’s been a great week at Dundrod and it’s always the job to win the main Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race. I did my best in the second Superbike race to also take the win but if you’re going to win one at Dundrod, the main race is the most important. No one comes to win the ‘B race do they? The bikes worked superbly today, so thanks to the boys and also to Pirelli who put in a big effort this week. It’s nice to reward them with the main race win. Man of the Meeting is a bonus, but a great week overall.” – Guy Martin (read the full article on the Tyco Suzuki site…)