Isle of Man TT: Guy Martin 3rd Podium
2011 Isle of Man TT
As Guy Martin continues to chase his first Isle of Man TT win, the Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider earned his third podium Thursday in 2011 IOMTT. This brings Martin’s overall IOMTT podiums to 12.
In a controversial IOMTT Supersport 2 race, Martin finished third behind race-winner Gary Johnson (East Coast Construction Honda CBR600) and John McGuinness (Padgetts Honda CBR600).
The TT brought about controversy due to "red flags incorrectly displayed at Ramsey and Union Mills, put a question mark over the credibility of today’s Supersport race," Suzuki reports.
Suzuki reports that "At the end of lap one, Martin was just over a second down on John McGuinness in third place with fellow Pirelli runner Gary Johnson at the head of proceedings, a further 10 seconds in front of McGuinness. Pitting for fuel at the end of lap two, Martin was less than five seconds down on second place, but the red flag incident on lap three at Union Mills certainly hampered his progress and upset his rhythm, so a podium finish – his 12th at the TT – was a brave effort in the circumstances."
Guy Martin (Relentless Suzuki GSX-R1000 IOMTT) says: "I’m happy to get another podium for the team and our sponsors but what happened out there is just not right. They need to get the job sorted. I saw the red flag at Union Mills and backed off for about three miles, so I lost a lot of time but it’ll all come out in the wash. It’s another consistent result and a good one for the new GSX-R600. We can now look forward to the IOMTT Senior tomorrow where a good result would cap a decent TT."
Philip Neill (Relentless Suzuki IOMTT Team Manager) says: "It was another solid day for us and as I’ve said already this week, you can’t come to the TT nowadays and expect to win. You can only do the best possible job and put yourself in with a podium chance and we’ve done that again today; it’s another great result for the all-new GSX-R600. For that I must give credit to Guy and our whole team. The bike never missed a beat, the Pirelli tyres were exceptional and this result sets Guy up well for the Senior TT tomorrow.
"The third place is a little tainted in Guy’s eyes because of what happened with the red flags being displayed when they shouldn’t have. It’s been reported to the officials and we have been assured it will be handled in the best possible manner."
2011 IOMTT Supersport Race 2 Result:
1. Gary Johnson [Honda IOMTT] – 1hr 13.07.95sec
2. John McGuinness [Honda IOMTT] – 1hr 13.16.35sec
3. Guy Martin [Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing IOMTT] – 1hr 13.29.28sec
4. Keith Amor [Honda IOMTT] – 1hr 13.37.67sec
5. Bruce Anstey [Honda IOMTT] – 1hr 13.43.85sec
6. Conor Cummins [Kawasaki IOMTT] – 1hr 15.24.68sec