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 5 finishes.
Martin took 2nd and 3rd in the two Superbike races, while newcomer to the circuit Cummins managed 4th and 5thon 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 5th in the Supersport encounter, shortened to 4 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.
Team boss Mr Neill said:
“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.”