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Martin and Dunlop make Tyco BMW debuts at Almeria

International roads stars heap praise on BMW Motorrad S1000RR after riding 2015 machines for first time in Spain
Tyco BMW's international roads pairing of Guy Martin and William Dunlop spoke in glowing terms about their all-new S1000RRs after testing their 2015 bikes for the first time at Almeria on Monday.

Martin immediately hailed the potential of the BMW Motorrad machine, which he hopes will fire him to his maiden victory at the Isle of Man TT in June.

The 33-year-old's praise was such that he said he benefited more from one day spent on the BMW than he did over three days at the Spanish track 12 months ago on the Suzuki GSX-R1000.

“I haven't hardly touched a thing on the Tyco BMW S1000RR apart from footrests and bars and I'm more than impressed already,” said Martin.

“It's that nimble and has such a great feel, you could ride it for a lifetime; it really is a mega bike. We rode today on shagged tyres, which does help you get a good feeling for a bike, and I had one hundred per cent confidence in it and felt great.

“It goes like shit off a shovel and even though I haven't ridden a competitive bike for around six months, I know fast when I ride it, and it did everything I asked of it today,” added Martin, who previously indicated he was considering calling time on his career until Northern Ireland's TAS Racing team decided on a manufacturer change for 2015 after a long association with Suzuki.

“If I'm honest I've got more out of the first day on this bike than I did here last year for three days on the Suzuki – so take from that what you will.”

Quiet Ulsterman Dunlop also had plenty to smile about after his first taste of action on the BMW, bettering the time he set at Almeria last year on the first day of the three-day shakedown.

“It's been a good day for me. If I'm honest my initial impressions are a lot better than I thought they would be, and I did come here expecting something positive from the BMW,” said the North West 200 Superbike winner.

“I've gone quicker here today on day one than I did during the three-day test last year. The chassis feels strong and the way the bike changes direction and enters corners is perfect for my style of riding.

“This bike feels like it was built for me and I normally struggle on stock tyres, but I stayed out almost all day and really enjoyed it. I did so many laps I'm almost dizzy,” added the 29-year-old.

“I already think this is the bike to be on this year, so as much as I'm not a great fan of testing on Spanish circuits for road racing, this has been worthwhile already.”

Dunlop and Martin joined up with Tyco BMW's British Superbike riders Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell and National Superstock 1000 title contender Alastair Seeley at Almeria, who took part the four-day Cartagena test, which ended on Sunday.

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William Dunlop on the Tyco BMW at Almeria in Spain

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March 10, 2015 2:44 PM

A lot of guys on here thinking that W.Dunlop and Martin will be doing the winning at IOM this year simply because the've got the machinery that M.Dunlop dominated with last year. For me M.Dunlop is still the man to be beaten regardless of riding the as yet unproven Yamaha. 11 TT wins (12 including the Classic) across 5 manufacturers in 4 different classes is a heck of a record.


March 10, 2015 12:58 PM

Guy Martin is not afraid to tell the truth. If the bike wasn't up to the job he would say it out loud. But he is full of praise for it, so it MUST be bloody good. Wring it, chief !

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