UPS THE PACE ON TT BLADE
Guy Martin has had his first ride on the superbike spec Fireblade SP2 that he hopes will take him to Superbike and Senior TT glory in June. The Lincolnshire racer completed two days of testing at Castle Combe on the 2017 Fireblade alongside Honda Racing team- mate John Mcguinness. Mcguinness’ test was cut short by a crash that left him with a dislocated thumb but Martin enjoyed dozens of trouble-free laps on the new bike, which was only completed the day before the test.
Pushing hard on track and intensely engaged in discussions with his mechanics in the garage, Guy used the high speed turns and bumpy surface of the Wiltshire cir- cuit to find a base setting for his TT superbike races. Making a return to Dunlop rubber, the lorry mechaniccum-television star had several new compounds and constructions at his disposal.
“The new bikes arrived later than we expected,” Honda race boss Neil Tuxworth said.
“Considering the mechanics were still working on them the night before the test we are happy with the progress we have made over the two days.”
“With the roads bikes running kit ignition they are easier to set up than the BSB superbikes that run the Motec system. We will come back to Castle Combe in a few weeks time and that will be the important test because we will have the full TT spec operating on both superbikes.”
Guy, who is still seeking his maiden TT victory, has a full programme of outings scheduled as part of his preparation with the new superbike. Aside from the second Castle Combe outing he will also compete in the Irish National events at Tandragee (April 21-22) and Cookstown (April 28-29). Travelling by himself with a superstock spec version of the new Fireblade in the back of his van, Guy will make his first appearance at Tandragee, in County Armagh, since 2005 when he raced the Robinson Concrete Suzuki.
Tuxworth added: “After he races at Cookstown Guy will travel to Oulton Park BSB (April 29-May 1) to race in the Superstock class alongside John. After his year away from racing, Guy needs six signatures on his race licence ahead of the TT. With the North West 200 following the Irish National outings he will have more than enough.”
‘The new bikes arrived late, but we are happy with the progress’ NEIL TUXWORTH HONDA RACE BOSS