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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
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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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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