Isle of Man TT star Martin piloted his Suzuki GSX-R 600 to the Supersport win ahead of McAdoo Racing Honda’s Michael Dunlop and Ian Bell Yamaha’s Dean Harrison.With the Cookstown 100 Supersport win, Martin also kept his one 100-percent podium record intact for 2013 – after winning last weekend’s Scarborough Spring Cup – with a pair of second placed finishes in the Open and Superbike encounters at the County Tyrone venue in front of a sun-baked Irish audience estimated at 15,000.Suzuki reports that unfortunately, Tyco Suzuki team manager Philip Neill wasn’t so lucky, breaking a collarbone and dislocating two fingers in an early morning Mountain Bike crash, but still arrived at the Orritor venue to enjoy the Supersport victory celebrations.
Guy Martin (Tyco Suzuki GSX-R 600) says: “I knew I was comfortable in the Supersport race when I saw ‘Plus Four’ on my pitboard, but probably backed off a bit too much and let Dunlop back into the race, what with slowing down and a bit of a mistake.“He’s a good old boy and we had a good race but he did hit me on the last lap. I’m just glad I was able to hang in for the win. In that last Superbike race I really couldn’t have given any more. I think I led for four laps and I also went under my old lap record, but I can’t knock the man – I was just beaten by a slightly better rider on the day. We still have a few things we want to try with the Superbike before the North West but I’ve already spoken to Philip about them today and we’re on it.”Philip Neill (Tyco Suzuki Team Manager) says: “It’s our local race and we always enjoy being here and supporting the Cookstown and District Club. We come here for one reason and that’s for a run out, but I think Guy put on a great show today – he rode hard. The Supersport win was a bit unexpected being up against a World Supersport specification bike, but all credit to Michael in the Cookstown 100 race. To break the lap record three times in one race – well there’s not much you can say only congratulate the lad.”2013 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Supersport Results:
1. Guy Martin, Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600: 11:37.371
2. Michael Dunlop, McAdoo Honda CBR600RR: -0.119
3. Dean Harrison, Ian Bell Yamaha YZF-R6: -10.089
4. Derek Sheils, Murray Racing Honda CBR600RR: – 10.228
5. Michael Pearson, Hotties Road Racing Suzuki GSX-R600: – 13.236