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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
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
John McGuinness celebrates his Senior TT victory with runner-up James Hillier and Ian Hutchinson
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the RC Express Kawasaki
Peter Hickman
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Peter Hickman on the Troopers MV Agusta at the Isle of Man TT
Ben and Tom Birchall at the Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson on the TCC Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT
Guy Martin on the Smiths Triumph at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness in the TT Zero Challenge race on the Mugen
John McGuinness won the TT Zero Challenge race for Mugen
Ian Hutchinson on the TCC Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson on the TCC Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT

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