Suzuki: GUY MARTIN BLOG

Team Suzuki Press Office – June 27.

Relentless Suzuki by TAS International Road Racer Guy Martin talks about his Isle of Man TT experience that saw him collect four podiums – and a victory in the Port St Mary Steam Rally!

Guy Martin, Team Suzuki, 2011 British Superbike

Writing blogs is not really my scene but I’m not shy of a challenge.

It’s been a few weeks since the end of the Isle of Man TT eh… soon flies doesn’t it? But I can look back at this year’s TT with a bit of a smile on my face. I won the best in show at the Port St Mary Steam Rally with my 1910 Amanco stationary engine.

Whatever floats your boat, I know, but I’ve been craving for one of these open crank models for ages, and to get a win with her first show was a treat.

As for the motorbikes, I suppose I can’t complain either: four finishes and four podiums wasn’t a bad show, but I’m sure if you’d have put my granny on the Relentless Suzuki bikes, she’d have had similar results.

The way the bikes were built and the way the lads carried out the pit stops were first class. I was the only one letting the side down by not bringing a win home, but I can assure you, there was no lack of effort on my part.

Not a lot else to mention really. It was good to get straight back into work after being away for nearly two weeks. A couple of 100 hour weeks soon gets rid of a little bit of enthusiasm, but I’ve just started a good year’s project at work: it’s a massive job, if any of you know what a ‘143 500′ is you’ll know what I mean. Ill get ’em to stick some pics up when I get five minutes.

Keep ‘er steady eh?

Guy Martin Gets Third Suzuki GSX-R 2011 Isle of Man TT Podium

Team Suzuki Press Release

Guy Martin took his third podium of TT 2011 for Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing to a fine third place in today’s second Supersport race on the Isle of Man.

isle of man, isle of man tt, 2011 isle of man tt, 2011 isle of man, guy martin, suzukiBut the race was tainted with controversy: Martin was well within striking distance of a podium finish for the duration of the four lap battle, but red flags incorrectly displayed at Ramsey and Union Mills, put a question mark over the credibility of today’s Supersport race.

At the end of lap one, Martin was just over a second down on John McGuinness in third place with fellow Pirelli runner Gary Johnson at the head of proceedings, a further 10 seconds in front of McGuinness.

Pitting for fuel at the end of lap two, Martin was less than five seconds down on second place, but the red flag incident on lap three at Union Mills certainly hampered his progress and upset his rhythm, so a podium finish – his 12th at the TT – was a brave effort in the circumstances.

Guy Martin:

“I’m happy to get another podium for the team and our sponsors but what happened out there is just not right. They need to get the job sorted. I saw the red flag at Union Mills and backed off for about three miles, so I lost a lot of time but it’ll all come out in the wash. It’s another consistent result and a good one for the new GSX-R600. We can now look forward to the Senior tomorrow where a good result would cap a decent TT.”

Philip Neill – Team Manager:

“It was another solid day for us and as I’ve said already this week, you can’t come to the TT nowadays and expect to win. You can only do the best possible job and put yourself in with a podium chance and we’ve done that again today; it’s another great result for the all-new GSX-R600. For that I must give credit to Guy and our whole team. The bike never missed a beat, the Pirelli tyres were exceptional and this result sets Guy up well for the Senior TT tomorrow.

“The third place is a little tainted in Guy’s eyes because of what happened with the red flags being displayed when they shouldn’t have. It’s been reported to the officials and we have been assured it will be handled in the best possible manner.”

Guy Martin Gets Third Suzuki GSX-R 2011 Isle of Man TT Podium

Double Isle of Man TT Podium for Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing

Team Suzuki Press Release

Guy Martin and the whole Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing team covered themselves in glory during yesterday’s Supersport and Superstock races on the Isle of Man with two fine podium finishes. The Lincolnshire rider took a hard-fought brace of third places on the team’s all-new GSX-R600 and GSX-R1000 respectively.

It was a day of lengthy delays all round and although the Supersport race got underway at 10.45am, it was 8.20pm before the final press conference for the Superstock race was completed.

The opening Supersport race was red flagged after less than two laps due to an incident at Gorse Lea. It was later re-started over a shortened race distance of three laps with Martin hovering in around the podium positions for the duration. And when others faltered Martin was ready to pick up the pieces, giving Suzuki’s all-new GSX-R600 its second International Road Racing podium of the season.

The four-lap Superstock race got underway after a lengthy delay at 6.30pm, but the Isle of Man TT fans were served up a real exhibition of pure road racing. At the first checkpoint at Glen Helen on lap one, less than three seconds covered the top five and by the end of the lap, Martin had forced his GSX-R1000 to the top of the leaderboard with a lap of 127.953mph from a standing start.

From there he got embroiled in a battle with John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop, eventually coming home in third place, struggling slightly in the latter stages to find the same level of performance he had done on lap one to challenge for the win.

Guy Martin:

“I couldn’t have taken the little 600 round there any faster today. 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.

“In the Superstock race the early grip and stability was great and the bike was just mega. 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! 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. It’s not a shabby job at all. I haven’t won one yet but it’ll come. This is a proper team effort and all the Relentless Suzuki by TAS boys are a great bunch of lads.”

Double Isle of Man TT Podium for Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing

Yamaha celebrates a milestone at the 2011 Bikers’ Classics

Yamaha Racing Press Release

The 2011 edition of the ‘Bikers’ Classics’ event will take place from 1st-3rd July at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium and Yamaha will be there to take and enjoy another proud step in celebration of their 50th year of Grand Prix racing.

The Yamaha Classic Racing Team will appear in all its glory with 21 fantastic historic Yamaha racing machines from 50cc up to 750cc two-strokes, that will be steered on the hallowed curves by former GP stars like Steve Baker, Rod Gould, Phil Read, Giacomo Agostini, Johnny Cecotto and Chas Mortimer, to name but a few.

Yamaha’s heritage built up over 50 years of Grand Prix  competitionBesides Yamaha’s ‘official’ classic line-up there will be plenty of other vintage Yamahas posing in the paddocks and active on the track as numerous teams and privateers have signed up to join the classic parades.

Apart from the action on the asphalt, Yamaha are organising a Yamaha Racing Exposition at the circuit in cooperation with DGSport. This anniversary Exposition will contain a unique collection of 14 Yamaha Grand Prix Racing machines representing Yamaha’s heritage built up over 50 years of Grand Prix competition.

The bikes, all original and in mint condition, have been sourced from: Communication Plaza (Yamaha’s Iwata-based corporate exhibition facilities) Yamaha Motor Racing Srl and Ferry Brouwer’s Yamaha Classic Racing Team roster.

Besides the motorcycles there are also historic items, memorabilia, photographs and videos to mark 50 years of history. The exposition will take place in the ‘Eau Rouge’ building, located at the bottom of the Eau Rouge corner, and entrance is free for Bikers’ Classics paddock ticket holders.

The Expo will be open from Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July. For opening hours and more information please visit www.yamaha-racing.com . At the Expo voluntary donations will be collected to donate to Japanese Red Cross Society (50%) and Riders for Health (50%). The Bikers’ Classics Expo will be the second of a series that can be found on yamaha-racing.com.

For more information on the Bikers’ Classics, please visit the website www.bikersclassics.be

Seeley Confident with two 2011 International North West 200 Poles.

Team Suzuki Press Release

Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing’s Alastair Seeley and Guy Martin are quietly confident going into tomorrow’s 2011 International North West 200, despite inclement weather conditions threatening the five-race programme.

International North West 200, 2011 international north west 200Alastair Seeley virtually dominated Tuesday and Thursday’s qualifying sessions, heading both the Superstock and Supersport timing sheets. The Carrickfergus man set an unofficial lap record [Superstock] on his GSX-R1000 with a speed of 119.706mph.

He was also on lap-record-pace in the Supersport class taking top spot with a lap speed of 115.937mph on Suzuki’s all-new GSX-R600 – the very same machine Seeley is campaigning in the British Supersport Championship.

Unfortunately the team suffered a minor electrical problem with Seeley’s GSX-R1000 Superbike during Thursday’s session, eliminating the chance of a pole position clean sweep, but the reigning NW200 Superbike Champion is confident of starting from row three in seventh position.

Guy Martin was the team’s main player in the premier Superbike class on Thursday taking the fourth fastest time and a second-row grid slot with a lap speed of 120.008mph.

In both the Superstock and Supersport classes the Lincolnshire man will start from the third row in ninth and seventh places respectively, with times of 116.811mph and 113.812mph.

Alastair Seeley:

“We lost a lot of track time in that second session on the Superbike, but the boys will sort the problem and row three is certainly not a disaster here at the North West. Yes it would have been nice to have capped qualifying off with three pole positions but it wasn’t meant to be and we can’t complain at all. The Supersport class will always be close, but I picked a good clean lap with no one following me and the wee 600 was on rails. I just couldn’t fault the new GSX-R600 and for a new bike at such a high speed circuit as the NW200, it just shows how good a package the Suzuki really is. We made a few changes on the Superstock bike and dipped inside the lap record quite easily; I could actually have gone quite a bit faster. All’s good going into tomorrow and the biggest factor now will be the weather.”

Seeley Confident with two 2011 International North West 200 Poles.

Alastair Seeley Tops the 2011 International North West 200

Team Suzuki Press Release

Reigning North West 200 Superbike champion Alastair Seeley dominated last night’s opening practice sessions for this year’s Relentless International North West 200.

In overcast and blustery conditions, Seeley topped the Superbike leaderboard with a lap time of 4min 31.148sec [119.094mph] and a ‘trap’ top-speed of 190mph on his Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The Carrickfergus man also headed the Superstock class with a lap time of 4mins 32.690sec [118.420mph] and brought his Supersport Suzuki GSX-R600 home in second place [4mins 42.638sec/ 114.252mph], just 1/10th-of-a-second off top spot.

Alastair Seeley:

“I kept my powder dry as I was towing Cameron Donald round in the Supersport session, but I’m happy to be at the top of the timesheets at this stage in the Superbike and Superstock classes.

Everything is working really well and the bikes are very stable, which is so important round here. Thursday is a longer session and we’ve a few more things to try with the bike and also with Pirelli, but so far I’m very happy.”

Team mate Guy Martin made his full road racing debut last night for Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing finishing sixth in both the opening Superbike [4mins 40.269sec/ 115.214mph] and Supersport qualifying sessions [4mins 52.824mph/ 110.278mph]. The Lincolnshire man took ninth place in the Superstock class, which closed the opening night’s session, registering a time of 4mins 39.036sec/ 115.727mph and he is also looking forward to tomorrow’s daytime session.

Alastair Seeley Tops the 2011 International North West 200

American Honda Announces More 2012 Models

American Honda Motor Company introduces another wave of machines for the 2012 model year, which include a wide assortment of dual-sport and off-road motorcycles, ATVs and the Big Red™ MUV.

These 2012 models emphasize the far-ranging options that Honda brings to customers and this broad array of machines also underscores another exciting new season for Honda.

This release of 2012 models includes: the CRF450R, CRF250R and CRF150R/RB motocross machines; the dual-sport XR650L; Honda’s popular selection of small-displacement recreational off-road bikes, the CRF100F, CRF80F, CRF70F and CRF50F; a host of ATVs including the FourTrax® Rancher® family, the FourTrax® Recon®, TRX400X and TRX90X; plus the versatile Big Red. In addition to these models, a host of new 2012 Honda Genuine Accessories are available that encompass the quality, performance and fit and finish you expect of all Honda products.

“Over the years, riding enthusiasts have come to know, appreciate and trust the wide diversity of machines that Honda offers,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “This extensive release of 2012 models serves as a perfect example of how we strive to meet the many needs of today’s riding enthusiasts. This latest new-model release will fulfill the needs of many riders, but I’m excited to add that in addition to these models, we have even more new releases to follow later this year.”

information and images of Honda’s model line can be found on www.powersports.honda.com or see your local Honda powersports dealer.

– CRF450R: Setting a New Standard
Since its introduction, the CRF450R has served as the standard by which all other bikes are judged in the big-bore class of motocross machines. In 2012, Honda raises the bar once again with a host of improvements that will help the CRF450R stay at the head of the pack. A new, stiffer fork outer tube among other refinements bring a more solid feel to the front end, and stiffer fork springs, revised suspension settings front and rear plus a new shock linkage yield improved tracking, more precise handling and added rider confidence over rough terrain. New, longer and wider footpegs offer more support with a larger platform and Dunlop’s premium MX51 tires add to an overall package that makes the CRF450R the bike of choice in the 450 class for 2012. Availability: July 2011.

– CRF250R: A Winning Combination Grows Stronger
Superb handling and excellent power stand as the hallmarks of the CRF250R, and the revised 2012 model ups the ante in the 250 class. A new cylinder head, camshaft and 46mm throttle body produce a broadened powerband featuring more low-end and midrange torque for an amazing, right-now hit of power. In addition, a new suspension linkage and updated suspension settings front and rear bestow improved tracking and more precise handling upon the CRF250R, enhancements that make a great-handling bike even better than before. In addition to those changes, longer and wider footpegs deliver more support and Dunlop’s premium MX51 tires cap off championship-caliber credentials that make the CRF250R the bike to beat in 2012. Availability: August 2011.

– CRF150RB-Expert/CRF150R: Back and Better Than Ever
Back in the lineup as a 2012 model, the revolutionary CRF150RB-Expert/CRF150R steps up to an even higher level of performance. Thanks to several key engine updates, this 2012 model boasts improved power, torque and driveability throughout the powerband. Updated suspension settings front and rear produce improved action through even the toughest of track conditions. All of which reinforce the CRF150R’s premier position in racing circles. Availability: August 2011.

American Honda Announces More 2012 Models