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Martin confident of victory challenge at NW200

'I'm happy enough as I think the little Suzuki is good enough to do the business if we get the right conditions on Saturday' - Guy Martin
Guy Martin claimed Tyco Suzuki's maiden international road racing podium of the season as the Lincolnshire rider finished in third place in the first Supersport race on Thursday evening.

Martin led the race in the wet on the opening lap but was unable to match the pace of Michael Dunlop in the early stages, who went on to finish as the runner-up behind Alastair Seeley.

He then powered through from 15th place on the grid in the Superstock event to claim a fine fourth on his GSX-R1000.

“The Supersport race was run in really iffy conditions, but the bike was good and very strong. I led on the first lap but once [Michael] Dunlop came past I just wasn't prepared to give any more in the early laps on really wet roads.

“Seeley also got me from the second group on corrected time but I'm happy enough as I think the little Suzuki is good enough to do the business if we get the right conditions on Saturday,” said Martin.

“In the Superstock race, if someone had told me before the race started that we'd get fourth from 15th on the grid, I'd have ripped their arm off for it.

“I got past Seeley in the race at one point and should probably have done more, but we were a little out with the gearing and struggling to slipstream.

“In saying that, the bike is strong and it's another step forward,” he added.

“We can be up there fighting on Saturday in this class also.”



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