Martin takes double win at Cookstown 100

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Guy Martin has got his 2015 season off to a flying start on the Tyco BMW at the Cookstown 100, taking a double victory in the superbike class.  He won the opening race from Michael Dunlop by only 0.114, but took the feature race comfortably after Dunlop crashed out on the last lap while battling with him for the win.

“I could have smoked a Woodbine in that last race, the BMW was so stable and working just mint. I was never under any pressure and when Dunlop came past, I thought, ‘this will give me a chance to have a look at what he is doing and plan my pass for the last lap’. We certainly had an advantage on the back part of the circuit and definitely the speed on the front straight to make the pass. It didn’t need to happen, but a good day all round and just what we needed.”

It was also a good day for pole man Derek Shiels, running with the international stars to take a second and third, holding off Dean Harrison on the MarTrain Yamaha in the main race.

Second of the Dunlops William struggled on the Tyco BMW, but made amends in the supersport class to take a double win on his CD Racing Yamaha, ahead of Dean Harrison, local boy Jamie Hamilton and Wilson Craig Honda rider Derek McGee.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer