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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.

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Guy Martin - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: IOM TT Media]
Conor Cummins has joined the Padgetts Racing Honda team for 2017.
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Michael Dunlop, Carl Cox, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
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Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Guy Martin, Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
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Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.

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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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