It's been a far from ideal build-up to the 2012 Isle of Man TT races for the Tyco Suzuki team, with speculation suggesting Guy Martin had split from the Ulster outfit at the North West 200.

Then on Monday, Martin was lucky to escape injury while competing in the superbike race at the Pre-TT Classic meeting at Billown.

The Lincolnshire rider was battling for the lead of the race on a Suzuki XR69 with Jamie Coward when he crashed on the final lap.

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However, last year's Senior TT runner-up walked away from the crash and competed in Monday's practice session, setting the seventh fastest time at 124.127mph on the GSX-R1000.

Martin was rumoured to have parted company with the Northern Ireland Tyco Suzuki team following a disagreement over whether or not he should have continued racing at the North West in the wake of his 140mph crash in the Supersport race.

It is understood that Martin was keen to take part in the remaining races, although team owner Hector Neill decided otherwise.

In an interview with Manx Radio TT, Neill said: "Guy did have a 140mph off at Black Hill. Fortunately he got away with a few knocks and bangs and had nothing broke or damaged.

"He probably could have went out in the next couple of races but Guy only had one helmet and one suit, so he had nothing to go out in.

"But with him getting the thump on the head I wouldn't have let him out anyway," added Neill.

"The rumours that he has left the team are complete nonsense.

"I think he might have went out [at the North West] but the fact that he didn't have any gear for a start and also when I heard he had got a thump on the head I made the decision to say no, give it a miss."

Manx rider Conor Cummins was forced out of Monday night's practice session as he continues to recover from a hand injury picked up at the North West after he was hit from behind by Gary Johnson in the main Superbike race.

Neill added: "He's having treatment for it at the minute and I think Conor should be racing alright."

It is clear, though, that Neill's own hopes of more TT success have been dashed by the incidents involving Martin and Cummins.

He makes no secret of his desire to win the coveted Senior TT trophy one more time and with so much speculation and uncertainty surrounding the team at the moment, Michael Dunlop's name has been linked to a ride on the Tyco Superbike in next Friday's Senior race.

"I came last year with more enthusiasm to try and win the Senior but I think with the knocks and bangs we've had it's knocked me back a bit.

"I think I'll just have to come and hope for the best," Neill said.

"I usually bounce of the boat but we've had bad luck at the North West. Conor was getting built up through the BSB stuff to come and put on a good show.

"Guy Martin raced at the North West only because he wanted a bit of an outing before the TT - he calls the North West a short circuit and wasn't particularly interested in it at all.

"But he was all set for the Isle of Man and he's bound to be deterred a wee bit by that bang because you don't just crash up the road at 140mph and jump up and say 'where's the bike'.

"But it might not affect him at all. Until I speak to him and Conor and see them man-to-man, I'm just going to say we're here to do the best we can."