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Dunlop responds to Martin 'B' race jibe

'They can say what they want, but all the talking was done on the last lap in the last race of the day' - Michael Dunlop
Ulster Grand Prix double race winner Michael Dunlop has hit back at Guy Martin's post-Ulster Grand Prix jibe that he only won the 'B' race at the international meeting.

Tyco Suzuki rider Martin tasted victory in the feature Superbike event after Dunlop slid off his Honda Fireblade on the penultimate lap.

Dunlop made amends by defeating Martin in a spectacular final-lap confrontation in the second race to earn the first major international superbike race win of his career.

But in an official Tyco Suzuki press statement issued afterwards, Martin was quoted as saying: “No-one comes to win the 'B' race, do they?”

Martin – toasting his first big international success since he won the second Superbike race at Dundrod a year ago – added: “It's been a great week at Dundrod and it's always the job to win the main Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race.

“I did my best in the second Superbike race to also take the win but if you're going to win one at Dundrod, the main race is the most important.

“No one comes to win the 'B' race do they?"

Dunlop – who also claimed victory in the Superstock race and set the fastest overall lap of the day at 133.435mph – had this to say in response.

“The main thing on Saturday was to win a Superbike race and I did it. Guy Martin and the Tyco boys have been doing all this talking about winning the blue riband race, but nobody cares who won the middle race – everyone in the pub on Saturday night would have been talking about who won the last race,” the Ulster rider told the Belfast News Letter.

“That's the one everyone remembers and Guy wouldn't have won the big race if I hadn't made a stupid mistake.

“I proved that in the second race because there were no excuses, it was me and Guy on the last lap, no backmarkers, and I knew I had him.

Related Pictures

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Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix
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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tomcol - Unregistered

August 16, 2012 2:42 PM

Mind you, hard to believe William and Michael are brothers - One intelligent, quiet and modest, the other, entirely the opposite. Guys comments were probably said with a wink. Mischevous but hardly insulting under the circumstances.

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