Guy Martin has not had the desired debut in competition at the controls of his new Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade SP2. The 35-year-old had chosen the Tandragee 100 as the stage for his return to the road races after a serious accident at the Ulster GP almost two years ago.
Martin arrived at the Tandragee 100 after having completed a couple of tests with the new Fireblade SP2 in configuration of Superstock. The last one was a week ago at the Castle Combe circuit, where he shared track with his teammate John McGuinness to establish a competitive base for the first road races of the year.
In Tandragee, the weekend did not start very well for Martin, who failed to move from 16th place in the combined time sheet of the qualifying sessions. Already in the race, the Honda Racing rider managed to recover several positions during the first few meters, with the misfortune to go to the ground before completing the first turn after touching with Paul Jordan in the curve Marlacoo, an incident of which both left unharmed.
Derek Sheils of Cookstown BE Suzuki was the star of this Tandragee 100, dominating the race from start to finish with a fast lap of 107.760 mph. The second position was for William Dunlop, already dressed in the colors of the Sea-Train Yamaha at the controls of a R1 of Superstock. The podium was completed by Derek McGee (Kawasaki) after crossing the finish line nine seconds behind Dunlop.
Despite the fall, Guy Martin and Paul Jordan took the incident with philosophy, and did not last in sitting in the chairs of the stewards to see the rest of the race while sharing an interesting chat. Martin even got to enjoy tea while chatting with his rival (and friend) Jordan.
The following day, Sunday, Martin appeared by surprise in Oliver’s Mount to dispute the Sunday’s Spring Cup and to continue accumulating kilometers. In addition to Tandragee, Martin has also confirmed his intention to run the Cookstown 100 to be held this coming weekend. Next will be the first big event of the year, the North West 200, from 7 to 13 May.
Here is the video of the incident last Saturday: