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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
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Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
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Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
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