Guy Martin is delighted to be able to make his return to the Southern 100 'friendly races', and has already signalled his intention to challenge for silverware.

The Lincolnshire man has a strong record at the post TT event, having won the Solo Championship at the 4.25-mile Billown Circuit on the south of the Island in 2009, and is confident that he can challenge for honours this week as well.

“This is one proper meeting I love attending: It’s run the way a road race should be and the organisers and fans make it a special week for all the riders. I missed last year through injury, but it’s great to be back. It’s a mega circuit with some great corners: real road racing corners. The entry list is pretty strong this year but I’m sure we can be at the sharp-end fighting for some silverware on the Relentless Suzukis. It’ll be a busy but enjoyable week.”

Martin will lead Relentless Suzuki's road-racing programme and team manager Philip Neill is delighted to see the team putting in a competitive challenge at the Southern 100.

“The Southern 100 is a race we’ve not been able to attend as much as I’d have liked over the years. It has great history and from what the riders tell me, the event is run like clockwork. We know Guy is a big fan of the place and with the likes of Ryan, Cameron, Conor and the Dunlop boys there; it’s going to be like a mini-TT week. The weather forecast is good, which is important; so let’s hope Guy can put our GSX-R machinery on the top step. It would be a nice way to get the ball rolling on the run into the Ulster Grand Prix next month.”

Racing gets underway on Tuesday evening with the Corlett’s Trophies 600/1000cc Race, continuing through until Thursday.