Guy Martin was frustrated after losing valuable time in Thursday's Supersport Two race at the Isle of Man TT because of a red flag shown in error.
The Lincolnshire man was preparing to launch a challenge on second placed John McGuinness before coming across the red flags at Ramsey and Union Mills. After the confusion was cleared, Martin recovered to secure third place and his 12th TT podium finish but was still furious at the incident that blighted the race.
“I’m happy to get another podium for the team and our sponsors but what happened out there is just not right. They need to get the job sorted. I saw the red flag at Union Mills and backed off for about three miles, so I lost a lot of time but it’ll all come out in the wash. It’s another consistent result and a good one for the new GSX-R600. We can now look forward to the Senior tomorrow where a good result would cap a decent TT.”
Relentless Suzuki team manager Philip Neill was pleased to pick up another podium finish but was also disappointed to see the red flag issues interfere with the race.
“It was another solid day for us and as I’ve said already this week, you can’t come to the TT nowadays and expect to win. You can only do the best possible job and put yourself in with a podium chance and we’ve done that again today; it’s another great result for the all-new GSX-R600. For that I must give credit to Guy and our whole team. The bike never missed a beat, the Pirelli tyres were exceptional and this result sets Guy up well for the Senior TT tomorrow.”
“The third place is a little tainted in Guy’s eyes because of what happened with the red flags being displayed when they shouldn’t have. It’s been reported to the officials and we have been assured it will be handled in the best possible manner.”