Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin raced to a hat-trick of race wins and the Man-of-the-Meeting award at today’s Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland, ending his 2013 International Road Racing season in style.
The Lincolnshire rider won the Blue Riband Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race, sandwiched either side with victories in the opening Supersport race and the second Superbike encounter. Martin also had the fastest lap in Superbike race 2 with a lap-speed of 132.938mph.
“I’m over the moon with that today. What a way to seal the deal for next year with the Tyco Suzuki boys and well-deserved for everyone involved. The Superbike was quick in the Ulster Grand Prix race but just started moving about a little towards the end, so we made a few changes and yeah… it was peachy, just peachy. The little 600 was flying and we again proved how good a little bike she is and those Metzeler tyres, top job boy, top job. Great racing and well done to the organisers for getting it off well, and I’m pleased to win the Darran Lindsay Man of the Meeting Award. Now it’s time for the boat home!”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“A fantastic way to end the international part of the season for Guy, even though he still has a few races to go this season. The Scarborough Gold Cup is a big meeting for him and he will be looking forward to that. As he would say, our bikes are ‘mint’ at the minute: the GSX-R600 and our GSX-R1000 are really well dialled-in now and that’s thanks to the whole team.
“Davy has the electronics well sorted, Stewart Johnstone has had a serious impact and Guy is over the moon with how the bikes feel, as you could see today. That was as good as we’ve seen Guy Martin perform in quite a few years and he might have won more than three races today if we hadn’t suffered a few niggly electronic and battery-power problems, but that’s one of those things.
“The Superstock problem was caused by some water in the electronics, probably caused by this morning’s practice session, and the Supersport retirement was simply down to a connector problem. Fair play to Guy for doing the business today for all our sponsors, but especially Tyco Security Products and of course Suzuki.”
Ulster Grand Prix Superbike Race [7 laps]:
1 – Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki] 23:33.594s
2 – Michael Dunlop [Honda] +0.054s
3 – William Dunlop [Yamaha] +10.675s
4 – Bruce Anstey [Honda] +17.799s
5 – Gary Johnson [Honda] +20.069s
6 – Dean Harrison [Kawasaki] +44.562s
Superbike Race 2 [6 laps]:
1 – Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki] 20:15.158s
2 – Bruce Anstey [Honda] +4.043s
3 – Conor Cummins [Yamaha] +7.802s
4 – Lee Johnston [Honda] +17.005s
5 – Jamie Hamilton [Kawasaki] +20.763s
6 – Cameron Donald [Honda] +21.091s
Supersport Race 1 [6 laps]:
1 – Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki] 22:23.270s
2 – Bruce Anstey [Honda] +0.075s
3 – Lee Johnston [Honda] +17.827s
4 – Ian Lougher [Honda] +19.045s
5 – William Dunlop [Yamaha] +20.381s