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Martin Upbeat Despite Being Pipped in Southern 100 Opener

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Guy Martin refused to be too disappointed despite losing out on victory in the Corlett's Trophies 600cc/1000cc Race on the very last lap. The Relentless Suzuki rider led the way for seven of the eight laps but was caught by Michael Dunlop a few corners from home.

Both riders went quicker than the previous lap record along the way and were over 18 seconds clear of Cameron Donald in third place. But Dunlop eventually prevailed in the battle for the lead, beating Martin over the line by 0.121s.

The Lincolnshire man explained that traffic had cost him on the final lap but with plenty of racing still to be done at this year's Southern 100, is still in a confident mood.

“We knackered the job on the last lap, but we’ll be all right. I had a tiny little problem on the last lap and I got caught a bit with backmarkers – no excuses mind – but we know what it is and we’ll have it fixed for the next one. We have another three or four goes here this week. We were both well inside the lap record there. We were some distance in front of the rest as you can see by the lap times. The big bike is working well and the little ‘un is flying so the job’s a good ‘un.”

Racing continues on Wednesday evening with the Total Oils Senior Race, followed by the 250/650cc Race, the 600cc Race and the 125/400cc Race bringing the evening to a close at 8.45pm.

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