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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.

He said:

“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.




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Guy Martin returns to the road racing fray at the 2010 Ulster Grand Prix, just seven weeks after an horrific crash at the Isle of Man TT (Alan Armstrong Photography)
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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Taz - Unregistered

August 19, 2010 1:19 PM

LOL ok, hold up my hands, I posted the Croydon one. Having spent two awful years there I can confirm it is a complete and utter sh1thole :p Top effort by Martin btw :)



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