Cookstown 100 Road Races
Fans’ favourite Guy Martin took a hard-fought Supersport victory earlier today at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Road Races in Northern Ireland on his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600.
Martin also kept his one hundred percent podium record intact for 2013, 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 fans.
Unfortunately team manager Philip Neill wasn’t so lucky in the Northern Ireland sunshine, breaking a collarbone and dislocating two fingers in an early morning Mountain Bike crash, but still arrived at Orritor to enjoy the Supersport victory celebrations.
“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. 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.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“It’s our local race and we always enjoy being here and supporting the Cookstown and District Club. 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.”
KDM Hire Cookstown 100
Michael Dunlop [Honda]; 2nd – Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki] +2.503sec; 3rd – Derek Sheils [Honda] +6.863
O2 Cookstown Open Race
Michael Dunlop [Honda] 2nd – Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki] +3.904sec; 3rd – Derek Sheils [Honda] +8.719
Cookstown DC Supersport
Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki]; 2nd – Michael Dunlop [Honda] 0.119sec; 3rd – Dean Harrison [Yamaha] +10.089
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