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Guy Martin: No half jobs at Le Mans

'I'd like to do a good job and also ride a Suzuki in World Endurance next season for more bike time' - Guy Martin
Road racing heavyweight Guy Martin hopes this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance World Championship outing will pave the way for a ride in the series in 2014.

The Lincolnshire star feels the championship would provide the additional track time he requires to gain plenty of bike miles next season prior to the Isle of Man TT, where the Tyco Suzuki rider is still seeking his maiden victory on the Mountain Course.

Martin won two races in the Supersport and Superbike classes at the Scarborough Gold Cup meeting last weekend at Oliver's Mount, although he was defeated in the blue riband race by Ulsterman Michael Dunlop.

The 31-year-old, who will ride for French Suzuki outfit R2CL at Le Mans, said: “Yeah we got a couple of wins on the Saturday at Scarborough with the Tyco Suzuki boys, which was mint and the bikes were flying, but Sunday's racing was a lottery with the weather.

“We got second place in the Gold Cup – which wasn't what we wanted – but to be honest I wasn't prepared to push any harder in the conditions as I'd already had a couple of big slides and with [John] McGuinness, [Bruce] Anstey and [Dean] Harrison all crashing out, I didn't want to take any chances.

“Fair play to Michael though a win's a win, but my main focus now is on this weekend at Le Mans.”

Martin intends to give a good account of himself at the legendary event in an effort to secure a full-time ride in 2014.

“I'll be giving it my all; there will be no half jobs from me at Le Mans,” he said.

“I'm sorted with Philip [Neill] and Hector [Neill] for the roads, but I'd like to do a good job and also ride a Suzuki in World Endurance next season for more bike time.”

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Guy Martin
Michael Rutter and Gary Johnson and will ride for the Smiths Triumph team at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
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Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda
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Stuart Easton on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
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John McGuinness
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John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT in 2013
William Dunlop tests the Tyco Suzuki Superbike at Cartagena in Spain
William Dunlop testing the Tyco Suzuki at Cartagena in Spain
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Dan Hegarty on the Norton SG2 at the Isle of Man TT

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