Martin & Cummins: Top 5s at Armoy Races
2012 Armoy Road Races
Philip Neill, boss of leading Isle of Man TT team Tyco Suzuki, has described the Armoy Road Races as “another valuable outing’ for the squad ahead of the Ulster Grand Prix.
The event was hit by inclement weather, making racing tough for all the competitors, and the team, run by TAS Racing, one of the TT’s most successful competitors, left with no victories.
However, riders Guy Martin and Conor Cummins managed five top-five finishes.
Martin took second and thid in the two Superbike races, while newcomer to the circuit Cummins managed fourth and fifth on the big bikes. Martin had led the opening Superbike race at the end of laps two and four, but had to give best to Michael Dunlop, finishing 4.2 seconds back.
Martin also took fifth in the Supersport encounter, shortened to four laps due to a red flag caused by heavy rain. Manxman Cummins retired in the opening laps of that race after his helmet steamed up, reducing vision to an unsafe level.
There was some consolation for Cummins, who was forced to sit out the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy due to injury, when he was clocked through the speed trap at 157.021mph, the fastest of the meeting.
Philip Neil says: “The Armoy Road Races is a great event; it’s just a pity the weather played its part and made the day very difficult. In saying that, they cracked on through the schedule more than efficiently, and despite the difficult conditions it gave both our men another valuable outing before the Ulster.”