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GUY MARTIN WINS AT OLIVERS MOUNT

17 September 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

After missing last year’s Scarborough Gold Cup due to complications caused by blood poisoning, Guy Martin returned to record his eighth Gold Cup win at the road circuit in the North of England. This comes off the back of winning last month’s Ulster GP. The turn in fortune, after disappointment at the Northwest 200 and Isle of Man TT, is said to be down to new tyre compounds coming from the Tyco TAS Suzuki team’s suppliers, Pirelli.

Guy beat Isle of Man legend John McGuinness and other leading roads specialists, including TT winners, Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey, on his way to five wins from six starts over the two-day race meeting. Only an electrical glitch, in a Supersport race he was leading, stopped him from claiming a 100% record.

It’s been a great day and nice to get my hands back on the Gold Cup for the eighth time,” said Guy. “I enjoyed the battle with McGuinness and co. for the win, which made it that little bit more special, and to give Tyco Suzuki their first win here is mint. The boys always put in a big effort for me so they really deserve it. We almost, almost, had the clean sweep only for what I believe to be a tilt switch problem that caused the bike to cut out in the last race. She was grand when I got her back up onto the fat of the tyre, but it was too risky to take a chance with it. We’ll be happy with our lot: five wins is not to be sniffed at.

by Gary Inman

After missing last year’s Scarborough Gold Cup due to complications caused by blood poisoning, Guy Martin returned to record his eighth Gold Cup win at the road circuit in the North of England. This comes off the back of winning last month’s Ulster GP. The turn in fortune, after disappointment at the Northwest 200 and Isle of Man TT, is said to be down to new tyre compounds coming from the Tyco TAS Suzuki team’s suppliers, Pirelli.

Guy beat Isle of Man legend John McGuinness and other leading roads specialists, including TT winners, Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey, on his way to five wins from six starts over the two-day race meeting. Only an electrical glitch, in a Supersport race he was leading, stopped him from claiming a 100% record.

It’s been a great day and nice to get my hands back on the Gold Cup for the eighth time,” said Guy. “I enjoyed the battle with McGuinness and co. for the win, which made it that little bit more special, and to give Tyco Suzuki their first win here is mint. The boys always put in a big effort for me so they really deserve it. We almost, almost, had the clean sweep only for what I believe to be a tilt switch problem that caused the bike to cut out in the last race. She was grand when I got her back up onto the fat of the tyre, but it was too risky to take a chance with it. We’ll be happy with our lot: five wins is not to be sniffed at.

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THE DEMONS OF DUNDROD

08 August 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

The Ulster GP, the last of the important ‘international’ real road race of the season, takes place in Northern Ireland this week.

One of the most historic races in the world, this year it celebrates its 90th anniversary, having first been run in 1922. It has always been held on closed roads (like the Isle of Man TT), and the original layout was the 20.5 mile (32.99km) Clady Circuit, used up until 1939. The Clady was reduced to 16.5 miles (26.55km) when competition resumed, after World War II, in 1947.

In 1953 the race began to use the Dundrod circuit, very similar to the 7.4-mile (11.91km) layout it uses to this day.

The most notable thing about the Ulster GP is that it has the quickest average lap speed of any motorcycle track in the world. The current outright lap record record is held by Dainese rider Conor Cummins – an astonishing average lap speed of 133.284mph (214.5kph). That’s the average speed!

The circuit has some real man’s corners,’ is how Guy Martin describes it. Flat out in sixth gear, leant hard over, between the hedges. And he’s had his fair share of wins here.

Both Conor and Guy will be in action, racing in Supersport, Superstock ad Superbike classes on their TYCO by TAS Racing Suzukis.

by Gary Inman

The Ulster GP, the last of the important ‘international’ real road race of the season, takes place in Northern Ireland this week.

One of the most historic races in the world, this year it celebrates its 90th anniversary, having first been run in 1922. It has always been held on closed roads (like the Isle of Man TT), and the original layout was the 20.5 mile (32.99km) Clady Circuit, used up until 1939. The Clady was reduced to 16.5 miles (26.55km) when competition resumed, after World War II, in 1947.

In 1953 the race began to use the Dundrod circuit, very similar to the 7.4-mile (11.91km) layout it uses to this day.

The most notable thing about the Ulster GP is that it has the quickest average lap speed of any motorcycle track in the world. The current outright lap record record is held by Dainese rider Conor Cummins – an astonishing average lap speed of 133.284mph (214.5kph). That’s the average speed!

The circuit has some real man’s corners,’ is how Guy Martin describes it. Flat out in sixth gear, leant hard over, between the hedges. And he’s had his fair share of wins here.

Both Conor and Guy will be in action, racing in Supersport, Superstock ad Superbike classes on their TYCO by TAS Racing Suzukis.

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WHEN GUY MET DANNY

02 July 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

We were there when Guy Martin and Danny MacAskill, two of the world’s most popular people on two wheels, met on track in Ireland.

Photography: Stephen Davison, Pacemaker Press

In the corner of the pit garage, a pale-skinned figure changes out of baggy jeans, hooded sweat and anorak into tight-fitting black Dainese leathers. Danny MacAskill looks nervous as he searches through the packaging of his new AGV helmet for something to act as padding between his pinned collarbone and the borrowed one-piece leather suit. MacAskill is the 26-year-old mountain bike trials rider who went from obscurity to global fame when the jaw-dropping short movie of him riding his bicycle around and over obstacles in Edinburgh hit YouTube. Filmed by a friend, it shows Danny riding along the top of iron railing spikes, using a tree as a ramp for a backflip, bunny-hopping to the moon…

The film has had over 30 millions views. Equally incredible sequels followed, as did Red Bull sponsorship, advert appearances, opportunities, travel and injuries. Today he’s going to travel on a motorcycle for the first time in his life. And Guy Martin will be riding it.

Danny fastens the leathers and walks towards pit lane as the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superstock bike peels out for some laps. Danny is here to research a TV show about risk takers for a UK TV channel. The idea is for MacAskill to meet and interview some of his favourite extreme sports stars to discover what motivates them. The top of the list of must-meet stars, he says, is Guy Martin.

The pair of riders talk and laugh. There is mutual respect, how could there not be?

The TV crew have pulled out a special belt to fasten around Guy with handles for Danny to hold onto. The TT racer dismisses it. ‘Just hold on round me, you’ll be right.’

The pair climb on the race bike, that’s been fitted with a twin seat. It clunks into first gear and it’s gone. A howl from the titanium Leo Vinci exhaust, hangs in the air. Seconds later the pair appear, banking through the last hairpin before the start-finish. They accelerate hard past the film crew on pit wall. Danny is stuck like chewing gum to Guy’s back.

The wind is almost gale-force and it’s raining, but even in these poor conditions Guy still winds the 1000cc bike up 140mph-plus. After ten laps the Suzuki pulls into pit lane.

That was ace!’ shouts Macaskill. He can’t stop smiling. ‘It didn’t feel scary, just fun and exciting.

// Dare Devils: Life on the Edge will be shown on Channel 4 in the UK on July 2, at 10pm

by Gary Inman

We were there when Guy Martin and Danny MacAskill, two of the world’s most popular people on two wheels, met on track in Ireland.

Photography: Stephen Davison, Pacemaker Press

In the corner of the pit garage, a pale-skinned figure changes out of baggy jeans, hooded sweat and anorak into tight-fitting black Dainese leathers. Danny MacAskill looks nervous as he searches through the packaging of his new AGV helmet for something to act as padding between his pinned collarbone and the borrowed one-piece leather suit. MacAskill is the 26-year-old mountain bike trials rider who went from obscurity to global fame when the jaw-dropping short movie of him riding his bicycle around and over obstacles in Edinburgh hit YouTube. Filmed by a friend, it shows Danny riding along the top of iron railing spikes, using a tree as a ramp for a backflip, bunny-hopping to the moon…

The film has had over 30 millions views. Equally incredible sequels followed, as did Red Bull sponsorship, advert appearances, opportunities, travel and injuries. Today he’s going to travel on a motorcycle for the first time in his life. And Guy Martin will be riding it.

Danny fastens the leathers and walks towards pit lane as the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superstock bike peels out for some laps. Danny is here to research a TV show about risk takers for a UK TV channel. The idea is for MacAskill to meet and interview some of his favourite extreme sports stars to discover what motivates them. The top of the list of must-meet stars, he says, is Guy Martin.

The pair of riders talk and laugh. There is mutual respect, how could there not be?

The TV crew have pulled out a special belt to fasten around Guy with handles for Danny to hold onto. The TT racer dismisses it. ‘Just hold on round me, you’ll be right.’

The pair climb on the race bike, that’s been fitted with a twin seat. It clunks into first gear and it’s gone. A howl from the titanium Leo Vinci exhaust, hangs in the air. Seconds later the pair appear, banking through the last hairpin before the start-finish. They accelerate hard past the film crew on pit wall. Danny is stuck like chewing gum to Guy’s back.

The wind is almost gale-force and it’s raining, but even in these poor conditions Guy still winds the 1000cc bike up 140mph-plus. After ten laps the Suzuki pulls into pit lane.

That was ace!’ shouts Macaskill. He can’t stop smiling. ‘It didn’t feel scary, just fun and exciting.

// Dare Devils: Life on the Edge will be shown on Channel 4 in the UK on July 2, at 10pm

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