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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.



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