Guy Martin made an impressive start to his 2012 road racing campaign by taking victory in one of the two Superbike races at the Cookstown 100. The popular Lincolnshire rider beat Ryan Farquhar to win the opener before a mistake denied him victory in the second after he had chased down the Kawasaki rider.
Despite his success, Martin was annoyed to have missed out on a double victory and is motivated to claim some silverware at the North West 200 in two weeks' time.
“Yeah that was alright. It could have been better but a win's a win and we weren't a million miles away with where we needed to be. The big Suzuki is right there on the ball and only for a little mistake we could have given the Tyco Suzuki boys a double today – I'm disappointed at that. It's good though. I've enjoyed the run out, blown the cobwebs out and we'll be back now for the North West in a couple of weeks and hopefully we can climb a few steps there as well.”
Tyco Suzuki team manager Philip Neill was delighted to celebrate a race win at one of their local events and hopes to continue the good form at Coleraine later this month.
“As much as Cookstown is an opportunity to run some final tests with our 2012 road racing bikes prior to the NW200 and TT, it is of course our local road race and one we like to support. To gain a win in the Superbike class this early in the season is fantastic and very positive for the upcoming events. Together with the race win and the fastest lap in both races was very satisfying. Guy made a small mistake or would have had a certain double as he had already reeled in leader Ryan Farquhar, who is a circuit specialist, and he did it fairly easily. After that performance both Guy and the team are looking forward to our next outing on the roads where we can add Seeley and Cummins to our line-up at the North West 200.”