MARTIN TAKES FIFTH IN FIRST TT RACE
The Gloucester-based Smiths Triumph Racing Team completed their third ever Isle of Man TT supersport race today with Guy Martin giving the double British Champions and TT winning team a creditable fifth place in the opening 2015 Monster Energy Supersport race.
Riding the factory-supported Smiths Triumph Daytona 675R, the Lincolnshire rider started steadily and had moved up inside the top six by the end of the first lap. With a lap of 126.823mph the second time around the course, he occupied fourth position at half race distance. But, just as Guy was edging his 675R ever closer to the podium, all hopes were dashed when he was penalised thirty seconds for a speed infringement during the only pit stop of the race. His speed of 60.9kph was marginally over the allowed limit of 60kph but as a result, the penalty dropped him down the order. Guy fought back in fine style and with another 126mph lap on the fourth and final lap, ending the race in fifth place.
Team-mate David Johnson also had a strong ride, setting a new personal best lap on a supersport machine at 124.299mph on his way to working his way through the field from 18th on the first lap to finish in 11th place.
Guy Martin: "I hadn't been out on the bike for a couple of days and I was a bit lazy at the start and I think my first signal said 'P13'. That woke me up a bit and I started to get my head into the race a bit more and the lap speeds were pretty good. As for the pit lane penalty, what can I say? It's frustrating to say the least. The limiter was set well below 60kph and it was the same rear tyre that Gary Johnson used last year so we're not sure why it happened. It's frustrating like I say but the bike was faultless and we can give it another go on Wednesday."
The team are now looking forward to the second Monster Energy Supersport Race on Wednesday for another chance to take to the top step of the podium.