Ulsterman Marty Nutt got his first points of 2002 at Donington last weekend when he recorded top 15 finishes in both BSB races on the Padgett's Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Having missed the first two rounds with a broken foot sustained in pre-season testing, Nutt was keen to get some miles on the Suzuki and bank some points for the team.

"It was vital to come away from Donington with a solid base from which I can build," said the 23-year-old. "The team has got high expectations for this year and the only way we'll achieve them is to make every race count. With the wet weather it would have been too easy to end up with nothing but a wrecked bike and aggravated foot injury."

The perils of the weather were demonstrated by Nutt's temporary teammate Phil Giles. The ever-improving Nottingham rider was the first Suzuki home when he managed a strong 12th place finish in a dry race 1 but was one of a number of riders to be caught out by the conditions in the wet second leg. "The first race was fantastic, the bike was working really well and I had a great dice with Jamie Robinson and Lee Jackson but unfortunately it all went pear-shaped in race two when I gave it just a bit too much gas coming onto the start straight and it pitched me off."

Team manager Clive Padgett was already focussing on next weekend's round at Oulton Park, "the main thing for Marty this weekend was to get comfortable on the bike. We'll test at Mallory on Wednesday and then we can look forward to making some significant progress at Oulton."

Development on the big Suzuki continues as the team work on bringing the chassis up to level of the massively powerful engine and slick tyres. "We've done a lot of good work with Phil and Jamie Morley's help, now we've got to adapt what we've learnt to Marty's riding style," added Padgett.



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