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Guy Martin ends season in style with Gold Cup success

'The boys always put in a big effort for me so they really deserve it and the big Suzuki never missed a beat' - Guy Martin
Guy Martin brought the curtain down on his 2012 road racing campaign in style as he dominated at Scarborough to lift the prestigious Steve Henshaw Gold Cup for the eighth time.

The coveted trophy was won last year by Ryan Farquhar, who became the first rider from Northern Ireland to taste victory in the feature race at Oliver's Mount in North Yorkshire.

However, Farquhar - who has quit road racing - participated instead in a parade lap yesterday to mark his retirement, when riders including John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson, Michael Dunlop and Jamie Hamilton all rode his KMR Kawasaki machines on a special parade lap to mark the occasion.

In Farquhar's absence, Tyco Suzuki star Martin blazed a trail at the tight and twisty Oliver's Mount circuit to give Ulster team TAS Racing its first Gold Cup success.

He took the honours by 1.8s from rising talent Dean Harrison with McGuinness third on Clive Padgett's Honda and Michael Dunlop fourth ahead of Hamilton on the KMR Kawasaki.

Martin was denied a six-timer at Scarborough when he was forced to retire from the lead of the David Jefferies Supersport race.

Afterwards, he said: “It's been a great day and nice to get my hands back on the Gold Cup for the eighth time.

“I enjoyed the battle with McGuinness and Co. for the win, which made it that little bit more special, and to give Tyco Suzuki their first win is mint.

“The boys always put in a big effort for me so they really deserve it and the big Suzuki never missed a beat.

“We almost, almost, had the clean sweep only for what I believe to be a tilt switch problem that caused the bike to cut out in the last race,” he added.

“She was grand when I got her back up onto the fat of the tyre, but it was too risky to take a chance with it.”

Michael Dunlop finished in a remarkable second place on his Sidecar debut at the event.

Dunlop, who was joined by Isle of Man TT-winning passenger Dan Sayle, took the runner-up spot in the third race behind TT legend Dave Molyneux after finishing fifth and seventh in his other two races.

The 23-year-old is keen to make his debut in the class at the TT.



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Guy Martin wins the Gold Cup at Scarborough
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]
Michael Dunlop has signed for Bennets Suzuki for the 2017 international road races.
Michael Dunlop has signed for the Bennett Suzuki team for 2017.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Guy Martin, Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Kneen has signed for the Penz13.com Racing Team for the 2017 road races.
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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Captain Shagnasty - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 9:07 AM

Niice one Guy! Shame about the 600 cutting out in the Jeffries memorial, I bet The Tas boy's would have loved that trophie as DJ holds a special place in there Hearts (and all RR fans too!!). What about Micky D??? good going son!! another string to his bow a true racer that one!



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