Road Racing

Guy Martin wins Supersport race at Cookstown 100

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Fan favourite Guy Martin took a hard-fought Supersport victory at Saturday's KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Road Races in Northern Ireland on his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600.

Martin also kept his one 100% podium record intact for 2013, after winning last weekend's Scarborough Spring Cup, with a pair of second placed finishes in the Open and Superbike encounters at the County Tyrone venue in front of a sun-baked audience estimated at 15,000.

"I knew I was comfortable in the Supersport race when I saw 'Plus Four' on my pitboard, but probably backed off a bit too much and let Dunlop back into the race, what with slowing down and a bit of a mistake," said Martin. "He's a good old boy and we had a good race but he did hit me on the last lap.

"I'm just glad I was able to hang in for the win. In that last Superbike race I really couldn't have given any more.

"I think I led for four laps and I also went under my old lap record, but I can't knock the man, I was just beaten by a slightly better rider on the day.

"We still have a few things we want to try with the Superbike before the North West but I've already spoken to Philip about them today and we're on it."

Unfortunately Tyco Suzuki team manager Philip Neill wasn't so lucky, breaking a collarbone and dislocating two fingers in an early morning Mountain Bike crash, but still arrived at the Orritor venue to enjoy the Supersport victory celebrations.

"It's our local race and we always enjoy being here and supporting the Cookstown and District Club." Neil explained. "We come here for one reason and that's for a run out, but I think Guy put on a great show today, he rode hard.

The Supersport win was a bit unexpected being up against a World Supersport specification bike, but all credit to Michael in the Cookstown 100 race.

"To break the lap record three times in one race - well there's not much you can say only congratulate the lad." Neill concluded.

Top Image: Guy Martin on his way to the win in the Supersport race at the Cookstown 100
Credit: Suzuki Racing

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