Saturday’s Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix was heavily punctuated with red flag stoppages and inclement weather problems for the organisers, but despite a reduced race programme, Tyco Suzuki brought home two podiums to compliment Guy Martin’s Superbike win during Thursday night’s races.
Martin took second place in the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike class, but there was disappointment for the Lincolnshire man who was in command throughout – having led six of the seven laps – only to catch slower riders in vital areas of the Dundrod circuit on the last lap.
In the Supersport class William Dunlop led five of the six laps and was on course for victory before having to retire his GSX-R600 on the final lap, just three miles from taking the chequered flag; a cruel piece of luck for the Ballymoney man who was nursing the early stages of a virus on race day.
The team will now look ahead to the upcoming Bank Holiday British Superbike Championship eighth round at Cadwell Park with Australian Josh Waters and American John Hopkins, as Taylor Mackenzie continues his quest in the British Supersport class.
Ulster Grand Prix Results:
Superbike: 1 Bruce Anstey [Honda]; 2 Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki] +0.260sec; 3 Lee Johnston [Honda] +4.829sec; 4 Michael Dunlop [BMW] +7.421sec; 5 Peter Hickman [BMW] +45.290sec; 6 Daley Mathison [Suzuki] +47.162sec.
Supersport: 1 Bruce Anstey [Honda]; 2 Lee Johnston [Honda] +6.439sec; 3 Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki] +18.756sec; 4 Ivan Lintin [Honda] +39.421sec; 5 James Cowton [Honda] +43.193sec; 6 Russ Mountford [Triumph] +46.015sec.