Relentless Suzuki's Guy Martin has this slight off at Creg-ny-Baa yesterday and then came back into pitlane saying he wasn't sure if it was a crash as he held on to the handlebars. Trust us, Guy, this is a crash...
Martin's search for a TT win continues after taking a brace of third place finishes in Monday's Supersport and Superstock races. Despite the crash he made the Supersport re-start but fifth on lap one, he never quite had the pace to run with the front runners and was also fortunate to avoid a spill when Cameron Donald's engine blew up in front of him at Kirk Michael. A final lap of 125.406mph did allow him to move up to 3rd at the chequered flag.
He then led the early stages of the Superstock race only to be overhauled by both Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness, eventually finishing third some 22.9 seconds behind the race winner Dunlop. The result meant it was his 11th TT podium.
"I was proper trying in the 600cc race and left my brakes way too late for the Creg - I'm not sure what I was playing at but I couldn't re-start so rode back to Onchan although the red flag situation allowed me to make the re-start. It's the first time for the bike at TT and a podium first time out isn't too shabby but I couldn’t have taken the little 600 round there any faster today. With people pitting at different times, my pit boards were to-ing and fro-ing a lot an then when Cameron blew up in front of me I thought it was going to end in tears for both of us. I hit the kerb trying to get round him, but a podium is a good effort for us. We’ll change a few things and see what we can do on Wednesday," said Martin.
“In the Superstock race the early grip and stability were great and the bike was just mega. I got 'P1' and the whole job was coming easy enough and I wasn’t having to hang it out anywhere and I wasn’t bouncing off any kerbs or anything liek that! I started to struggle a little bit in the latter stages with grip and stability – what you’d expect I suppose – so I was just glad to get it home on the podium and two podiums in a day is no mean effort. I haven’t won one yet but it’ll come although I keep saying that don't I??!!”