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Tyco Suzuki 's TT preparations far from ideal

'I came last year with more enthusiasm to try and win the Senior but I think with the knocks and bangs we've had it's knocked me back a bit' - Hector Neill
It's been a far from ideal build-up to the 2012 Isle of Man TT races for the Tyco Suzuki team, with speculation suggesting Guy Martin had split from the Ulster outfit at the North West 200.

Then on Monday, Martin was lucky to escape injury while competing in the superbike race at the Pre-TT Classic meeting at Billown.

The Lincolnshire rider was battling for the lead of the race on a Suzuki XR69 with Jamie Coward when he crashed on the final lap.

However, last year's Senior TT runner-up walked away from the crash and competed in Monday's practice session, setting the seventh fastest time at 124.127mph on the GSX-R1000.

Martin was rumoured to have parted company with the Northern Ireland Tyco Suzuki team following a disagreement over whether or not he should have continued racing at the North West in the wake of his 140mph crash in the Supersport race.

It is understood that Martin was keen to take part in the remaining races, although team owner Hector Neill decided otherwise.

In an interview with Manx Radio TT, Neill said: “Guy did have a 140mph off at Black Hill. Fortunately he got away with a few knocks and bangs and had nothing broke or damaged.

“He probably could have went out in the next couple of races but Guy only had one helmet and one suit, so he had nothing to go out in.

“But with him getting the thump on the head I wouldn't have let him out anyway,” added Neill.

“The rumours that he has left the team are complete nonsense.

“I think he might have went out [at the North West] but the fact that he didn't have any gear for a start and also when I heard he had got a thump on the head I made the decision to say no, give it a miss.”




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Kyle - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 1:33 PM

Hector showing his experience to not let Guy take the risk if he had the chance? Good call I'd say they signed Guy and Conor as neither has won at TT both have got close and have big fan bases so it would look good will either win this year looks doubtful but if your in the right place as right time who knows both plater and johnson won first TT races after mechanicals from guys ahead of them

PatrickD

May 30, 2012 2:35 PM

no road racer crashes as much as Guy, which shows how hard he pushes. He seems to land quite well, but it's not the way his competitors go about it. Respect for his courage, but I'm worried about that. "Until I speak to him and Conor" - Neill. Surely he should be speaking to them before the press? Or is it just a turn of phrase? A team needs to know what it's doing and that everyone's on board, especially at this time of year! The rider needs to have nothing else on his/her mind at the TT.



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