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Guy Martin determined to seal Ulster Grand Prix victory

'I'm on pole for the Superbike races on Saturday but it won't make a big difference as long as you're on the front row. Saturday's the one though' - Guy Martin
Guy Martin was forced to concede second best to Michael Dunlop in Thursday's Dundrod 150 Superbike event, but the Tyco Suzuki rider says tomorrow's results at the Ulster Grand Prix proper are the ones that really count.

Martin, who won the second Superbike race at the Ulster GP in 2011, must be sick of the sight of Dunlop's rear wheel after finishing as runner-up to the Northern Ireland rider three times in the Superbike class at last month's Southern 100.

The Lincolnshire ace intends to set the record straight tomorrow after finishing second yet again in the Dundrod 150 meeting yesterday, which is a warm-up event to the final key international road race of 2012.

Martin, whose best lap was 132.894mph, says his chance went begging after Dunlop made a quick breakaway at the beginning of the race.

“I put a hard move on Conor [Cummins] and then Gary Johnson came past me and I thought 'bugger', because I had to get back past Gary and then Michael had a bit of a gap on me.

“I pressed on but Michael was away,” he said.

“I'm on pole for the Superbike races on Saturday but it won't make a big difference as long as you're on the front row.

“Saturday's the one though.”

Bruce Anstey holds the outright lap record at Dundrod at an average speed of 133.977mph set on his way to victory in the second Superbike race two years ago.

However, a 134mph lap looks a certainty tomorrow with the hot, dry weather witnessed at Dundrod this week set to prevail tomorrow.



Related Pictures

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Guy Martin at the Cookstown 100 road races in Northern Ireland
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
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.

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