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Guy Martin Sets Lap Record at Cookstown

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TAS Racing Suzuki

Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing’s Guy Martin made an instant impression on his return to the Cookstown 100 Road Races in Northern Ireland Saturday after a seven year absence.

Although the Lincolnshire man’s main goal was to continue his pre-North West 200 development on his stable of GSX-R Suzukis, he left with three podium finishes and a new outright lap record of 90.932mph.

With limited qualifying time on Friday evening, Martin made the best of his second-row starts in all three events – two Superbike and one Supersport – around the tight County Tyrone circuit.

All three races were blanket finishes and despite a little disappointed at not winning, the Scarborough circuit specialist is happy to have made giant steps forward with his Relentless Suzukis.

Guy Martin (Relentless Suzuki GSX-R1000) says: “We can’t be disappointed. We learnt a lot more about the bikes and set a new lap record, so job done. I’m a racer and I want to win but we are making progress and this weekend served its purpose.

“I didn’t want to take any un-necessary risks even though I felt comfortable, especially with the North West just a couple of weeks away. It’s always worthwhile getting a run out on the roads and between this week and last weekend at Brands, as I say, we’re making good progress.”

Philip Neill (Relentless Suzuki Team Manager) says: “Guy pretty-much exceeded our expectations out there today and it was good to see how he handled himself on GSX-R machinery for the first time on the roads. It was a positive test and a worthwhile day for him and while we are still working on making little improvements to the bikes, we are pretty much ready for the North West 200.”

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