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Martin's Superbike challenge fades after promising start

'I'm fit enough for the job and the bike is strong enough, but my hands are covered in blisters after that. It really was a struggle' - Guy Martin
An Isle of Man TT victory continues to elude Guy Martin after the Tyco Suzuki rider failed to make it onto the rostrum in the Superbike race on Sunday.

Martin admitted he was 'disappointed' afterwards and has plenty of work to do to be in a position to challenge for the major honours in Friday's Senior race.

“I'm disappointed. That was a bit of a fighting match,” he said.

“Yes I did 130mph on that first lap but I've gone quicker than that on a Suzuki and although I had a few slides – those Metzeler tyres are really good.

“We need to do a bit of fine-tuning for the Senior,” he added.

“I'm fit enough for the job and the bike is strong enough, but my hands are covered in blisters after that. It really was a struggle.”

Martin managed a standing start lap of 130.431mph but his challenge faded as the race progressed and he was overhauled by John McGuinness for third place on the final lap after the 19-times winner battled back from a one-minute time penalty for speeding in pit lane.

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Tyco Suzuki`s Guy Martin
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.
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.

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