Isle of Man TT star Guy Martin says he is 'disappointed' after losing out on double victory at Saturday’s Cookstown 100.
Other than a few laps at Thruxton earlier in April, this was Martin’s first time on a motorcycle since his win at the Ulster Grand Prix in August 2011.
Despite the lack of track time, the Kirmington racer secured a Superbike victory and two fastest laps for the Tyco Suzuki squad at Cookstown.
He missed out on a second Superbike victory when he made a mistake while dicing with eventual winner Ryan Farquhar and had to settle for 5th.
“Yeah that was alright. It could have been better, but a win’s a win and we weren’t a million miles away with where we needed to be.”
“The big Suzuki is right there on the ball and only for a little mistake we could have given the Tyco Suzuki boys a double – I’m disappointed at that.”
“It’s good though. I’ve enjoyed the run out, blown the cobwebs out and we’ll be back now for the North West in a couple of weeks and hopefully we can climb a few steps there as well.”
Team Manager Philip Neill added:
“As much as Cookstown is an opportunity to run some final tests with our 2012 road racing bikes prior to the NW200 and TT, it is of course our local road race and one we like to support.”
“To gain a win in the Superbike class this early in the season is fantastic and very positive for the upcoming events. Together with the race win and the fastest lap in both races was very satisfying. Guy made a small mistake or would have had a certain double as he had already reeled in leader Ryan Farquhar, who is a circuit specialist, and he did it fairly easily.”
“After that performance both Guy and the team are looking forward to our next outing on the road.”