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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.



Related Pictures

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Guy Martin wins the Gold Cup at Scarborough
Victor Cox will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2016.
William Dunlop on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki during pre-season testing at Cartagena in Spain.
Shaun Harris at the Isle of Man TT in 2007.
Team UK retained the Phillip Island International Classic title
Ian Hutchinson has been awarded the Torrens Trophy for 2015.
Alaistar Seeley, Gearlink Kawasaki [Credit: Gearlink Kawasaki]
Dan Hegarty
Josh Daley
Alan Bonner and Ivan Lintin, RC Express Racing line-up for 2016
Conor Cummins and John McGuinness remain with Honda Racing for 2016
William Dunlop, CD Racing Kawasaki, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas and John Burrows.
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki at the Macau Grand Prix.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Briggs BMW at the Macau Grand Prix
Peter Hickman on the Briggs BMW at the Macau Grand Prix
Peter Hickman on the Briggs 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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