RR » 17 August 2010
Guy Martin returns to road racing at Ulster GP
Guy Martin was satisfied with his return to road racing at the Ulster Grand Prix, but admits he was still race rusty and didn't have 'that last little bit to give'.
Just two months after the his horrendous crash in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT, Guy Martin was back in road racing action at the Ulster GP and said he wasn't intimidated or scared to be back on his bike at the world's fastest road race.
“I wasn't intimidated or scared to be back out there racing at 190mph and I gave it my all in every race, but I'm man enough to admit I just didn't have that last little bit to give.”
“I'm as fit as a fiddle after the TT crash, but after two months off a bike, I'm very race rusty and the muscles you use on a bike haven't had much of a work-out recently.”
The 28-year-old suffered three fractured vertebrae, six broken ribs, a punctured lung and other injuries when his Wilson Craig Honda Superbike crashed while duelling for the lead in the blue riband Senior TT. The machine burst into flames during the high speed crash at Ballagarey and there were initial fears for Martin.
However, it was soon announced the Kirmington star had escaped with relatively minor injuries, and he started discussing his comeback almost straight away. Hopes of returning at the Southern 100 were abandoned on medical grounds, but Martin, with his eye on a competitive return to road racing at Dundrod, got back on track at the Brands Hatch round of the British Superbike Championship.
Martin was unable to take victory, but he was in contention in all six races and finished in the top six of each.
He admitted he was unsure if he'd have the strength to muscle around the 1000cc machines for the entire meeting, but after a solid series of practice sessions, he lined up on the grid for Thursday's Dundrod 150 Superbike race. A strong opening lap saw him slot in to third place, which became second when race leader Ian Hutchinson went out.
Putting in laps of more than 131mph, Martin held on to finish runner-up, despite close competition from Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald - just seven tenths of a second split second to fifth at the chequered flag.
On Saturday there was great weather for the Ulster GP, and some of the best racing ever witnessed around the 7.4-mile course.
In the opening Superstock race Martin had his worst stating position, 13th, but he fought brilliantly through the pack to claim sixth. In the first Supersport race Martin rode a lonely race for a solid fourth.
In the feature Superbike race Martin was involved in a five-man battle for the lead with Hutchinson, Anstey, Dunlop and Keith Amor. There was nothing between the riders and Martin was pushed back to fourth the in the closing stages, finishing just 1.232 seconds behind the winner.
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