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Ulster Grand Prix: Guy Martin tops Superbike practice

Guy Martin set the fastest Superbike lap during the opening day of the Ulster Grand Prix, which was hit by poor weather and a delay due to an oil spill
Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin will start tomorrow's Dundrod 150 Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix on pole position.

Martin secured the top spot with a lap at 115.083mph in damp conditions on his GSX-R1000, with William Dunlop on the Milwaukee Yamaha second fastest, 2.4s behind the Lincolnshire star.

Kiwi Bruce Anstey was third fastest on the Padgett's HM Plant Honda (112.950mph) followed by Honda TT Legends ace Michael Dunlop, who lapped the 7.4-mile circuit at 111.988mph.

Ian Lougher, who will retire from road racing at the end of the season and Lee Johnston rounded out the top six, lapping at 109.684mph and 108.894mph respectively.

Gary Johnson was seventh quickest at 108.825mph ahead of Cameron Donald on Wilson Craig's Honda (108.514mph), who returns to the event for after missing out last year due to his Endurance World Championship commitments with the Honda TT Legends team.

In the Supersport class, William Dunlop edged out his brother Michael by 0.053s with a late lap at 115.161mph.

Martin was third on the Tyco Suzuki (114.272mph) followed by Dean Harrison (112.595mph) and Donald (112.394mph).

In the Lightweight class, Jamie Hamilton posted the fastest time at 107.259mph to take pole for tomorrow's Dundrod 150 race on the Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki.

The opening practice day at Dundrod was hit by rain and a long delay after an oil spill on the circuit, plus an incident involving two riders at Jordan's Cross in the Lightweight session.

Kevin Strowger escaped unhurt while the second rider involved was transferred to hospital, although his injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Final Ulster Grand Prix is scheduled to take place tomorrow along with the Dundrod 150 races.



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