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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.”

Related Pictures

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Guy Martin, Tyco Suzuki
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
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.

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