GUY FINISHES ON PODIUM FOR TRIUMPH
Gloucester-based Smiths Racing secured a second rostrum finish at the Isle of Man TT Races this afternoon when Guy Martin finished in an excellent third place in the second Monster Energy Supersport TT race.
Riding the factory supported Smiths Triumph Daytona 675R; the Lincolnshire rider ran inside the top five from the very beginning of the four lap race and gradually moved his way up into the final podium position as the race wore on. Aided by two 126mph plus laps, as well as a slick pit-stop, the 33-year-old ace brought the British-built machine home nine seconds clear of James Hillier.
Team-mate David Johnson also had a fine ride on the Triumph machine as he finished in tenth place to maintain the team's 100% finishing record at this year's event. The Adelaide rider posted a best lap on his final lap around the Mountain Course at 125.587mph, his best ever on a Supersport machine to round out the top ten.
It came on the back of a brilliant ride in yesterday's RL360 Superstock TT race when he took his second best position at the TT with sixth place on the Smiths BMW S1000RR, also recording a new personal best lap in excess of 129mph.
Guy Martin: "The bike worked a treat and to be fair, it's better than the third place I gave it. I can't fault the team at all and when Hutchy came past me, I tried to hang on to him but he's riding so well. He started to pull away from me and was riding brilliantly so I just started to ride to my boards. I could see I was in third so rode my own race and just concentrated on securing the podium place."
David Johnson: "We fitted a bigger screen for today's Supersport race and it was a lot better than Monday with 4mph gained down Sulby Straight. I got into the race quickly and found a good rhythm whilst the pit stop was perfect. To lap at over 125mph on a Supersport machine was phenomenal and I was only three seconds off eighth so I can't complain. Having finished fourth in last year's Superstock race, I was a little disappointed initially with sixth but when I looked at the times and who finished behind me, I have to be happy. My race time was quicker than last year's race winning time and that's how much the pace has moved on at the TT. I'm really enjoying the week and the team are doing an awesome job so roll on Friday."
Rebecca Smith, Team Manager: "Guy rode very hard and gave it his all and whilst we're disappointed not to have repeated last year's win, we're pleased with another TT podium. The boys did a great job in the pits and were the fastest of anyone and the podium is the least they deserved. We've had every bike finish every race so far and that's testament to all their hard work. David's had another two great results and to finish in the top ten in the Supersport race was fantastic for him, particularly the speeds he was lapping at. It followed on from a great top six finish in the Superstock race and his pace was superb throughout so we're all very happy right now."