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Two-rider team for Tyco Suzuki?

Tyco Suzuki weighing up options for 2012 international road racing campaign
Tyco Suzuki is considering running a two-rider team at the international road races in 2012.

Last season Lincolnshire's Guy Martin carried the team's sole hopes at the Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, although he was partnered by reigning British Supersport champion Alastair Seeley at the North West 200.

Seeley, retained by Philip Neill at TAS Racing to join Josh Brookes in BSB next season, clinched the Supersport honours at the North West 200 in May on the all-new GSX-R600.

However, the Ulsterman does not compete at the TT or the Ulster Grand Prix and Neill is weighing up his options as he searches for a second rider to join Martin in the new-look Tyco Suzuki team to contest the TT and UGP.

Last season, Martin yet again failed to achieve his ambition of winning on the infamous Mountain Course, but he stood on the podium four times during race week and pushed John McGuinness hard in the blue riband Senior event, eventually being forced to settle for the runner-up spot behind the 17-times TT winner.

He rounded off the year on a high with victory in the second superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix and is confident he can achieve greater success next year following his maiden season in the top flight Northern Ireland team.

Martin has yet to be officially confirmed by Tyco Suzuki for the new campaign but a team source insisted the deal was “all but done” and revealed that team principal Neill was open to the possibility of employing a second rider.

Ballymoney's Michael Dunlop tested the team's GSX-R1000 superbike last year but opted to operate his own team under the Street Sweep Racing/PBM Kawasaki banner.

Dunlop, yet to confirm his plans for 2012, could be in the Suzuki frame again, although he appears to be content to sail his own ship at this early stage of his career.

Manx rider Conor Cummins, who has recovered from serious injuries sustained in a crash at the TT in 2010, is perhaps a stronger candidate for the ride.

Cummins has competed for Northern Ireland's McAdoo Kawasaki in recent seasons but it seems as though a renewed association with the team is unlikely.

Related Pictures

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Guy Martin - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: IOM TT Media]
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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chris - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 11:24 PM

Micheal Dunlop and Guy Martin would make a very strong road racing team. Would the team be strong enough to cope with the pair of them? If they could, it would make for a great team to take the fight to Honda

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