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Martin ready to take on Dunlops at Cookstown

23 April 2013

Fresh from a treble at the Spring Cup meeting at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough, Guy Martin is fired up for this weekend's opening Irish national road race at the Cookstown 100.

Martin will ride his factory-supported GSX-R1000 and GSX-R600 machines on the narrow roads of the Orritor circuit in Co Tyrone as he builds towards the first big international roads meeting of 2013 – the North West 200 – in May.

The flamboyant Lincolnshire rider's opposition includes Michael Dunlop, who has returned from the Bol d'Or 24-hour meeting at Magny-Cours where he was riding for the Honda TT Legends team, plus William Dunlop on the Milwaukee Yamaha R6.

Martin said: “Yeah I've only good things to say about the Cookstown 100.

“It's a well run event and the fans are mad for it boy... they are mad for it.

“For me it doesn't really matter what the weather is doing, but for the boys behind the hedges and organisers, I know they'd rather have it proper dry for a good day's racing,” he added. “I can deal with that.”

Martin, a winner at Cookstown in the Superbike class in 2012, is the lap record holder at the Irish meeting and is determined to hold onto that status this weekend.

“They always put out a top class field of riders at Cookstown, and with the two Dunlops on the grid, it should be a right good meeting.

“Yeah it's maybe regarded as a run out before the North West and we can say the results don't matter, but I've still got the lap record and I'd like to keep hold of that,” he added.

“And I'm sure the Dunlops won't be messing around – so we'll certainly have a go.”

Ryan Farquhar's Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki team will also be in action at the event with Brian McCormack and Jamie Hamilton leading the charge for the former top road racer.