Guy Martin was pleased to have set the record straight after beating Michael Dunlop to victory in Wednesday's Total Oils Senior Race. The Relentless Suzuki rider edged out Dunlop by just 0.047s, 24 hours after being beaten by a similar margin in the Corlett Trophies 600cc/1000cc Race.
Martin rates the post-TT event among his favourite meetings of the year and was happy to finally notch his first victory on the island.
“I’m not a man who is ever happy with second place. No one remembers the losers so tonight’s job was what we have been looking for. I got a good start and led on every lap but Michael was close enough at the finish. The one that matters is the Solo Championship race. On Wednesday we just cleaned the flies off the big GSX-R and tipped some fuel into it. It’s a pity about the 600 race getting stopped but we’ll get another go at it tomorrow. Yeah the job’s a good ‘un.”
The win was also his first for the Relentless Suzuki squad and Team Manager Philip Neill hopes that this will be the springboard for further success.
“We saw the potential with Guy on GSX-R machinery straight away and his consistent results have confirmed how well he is gelling with the bikes and the team. It’s fantastic to see him secure his first win for TAS Racing. The Southern is a great event and a bit of a wind-down opportunity for us without any particular pressure. We know how much Guy loves competing there and we’re pleased to be able to support the event and will do whenever possible in the future. Let’s hope we can continue this run of success with Guy and indeed for the rest of the season.”
Martin will be involved in two more races on Thursday, with the S&S Motors’ 600cc Race followed by the Manx Gas Solo Championship Race, the race Martin has his sights set on.