Guy Martin Wins Open Race At Cookstown

/ April 28, 2012
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Guy Martin got his season underway in the best possible fashion, taking the win in the Open class at the Cookstown 100.

The Tyco Suzuki rider was primarily using the meeting as a shakedown test ahead of the North West 200 next month, but was by no means out to just make up the numbers.

After qualifying second on the new GSX-R1000, Martin took the win from Ryan Farquhar and Michael Dunlop.

He said, “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.”

Team Manager Philip Neill added, “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 we 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.”