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Guy Martin wins big race of the week
11 July 2013
Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin won the main race of the week at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man to lift the Solo Championship title for the second time.
Martin shadowed his main rivals Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop for five of the eight laps around the 4.25-mile circuit, before forging ahead and setting a new outright lap record at 114.245mph.
He won by 0.4s from Honda TT Legends rider Dunlop, with Dean Harrison third on the RC Express Racing Kawasaki.
“I'm delighted for the boys and everyone involved with the team,” said Martin. “I always knew I could do it when we got things bang on and today we've got things bang on.
“There was no re-inventing the wheel; it was just Danny, Mark and me and this morning we were cutting the grass and having a brew – no stress.
“But we've proved today that it's not a fluke. We caught him [Dunlop], passed him; took the win and the lap record.
“I said yesterday that I didn't mind coming last in those first two Superbike races to win the big one and that's what we've done,” he added.
Suzuki is the bike to be on as we've shown this week, and as for the Metzeler tyres – they were as good on the last lap as they were on the first. Bang-on one hundred per cent boy.
“I'm now looking forward to running the number one plate when we return next year.”
Jamie Hamilton finished fourth on the Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki ahead of veteran racer and five-time Solo Champion Ian Lougher, with the top six completed by Russ Mountford.
Harrison won the 250/Supertwin race from Ivan Lintin and Hamilton.
The race was marred by two deaths on the same day, with 23-year-old Mark Madsen-Mygdal killed following an incident in the Supersport B race, while a Sidecar competitor died after an accident in the afternoon, leading to the cancellation of the final two races.
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