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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.




Related Pictures

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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)
Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade.
John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar will again compete at the Classic TT on Paton machinery for Roger Winfield
William Dunlop will ride for the Davies Motorsport Team at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
Steve Plater with Bruce Charman of Prime Factors
William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin celebrates winning the Solo Championship race with Dan Kneen andIvan Lintin
Guy Martin at the Southern 100
Guy Martin, BMW, [Credit: BMW]
Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Senior Race podium at the Southern 100
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.

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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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