Guy Martin plans to go all out at North West 200

Guy Martin tests his Tyco BMW Superbike at Kirkistown ahead of next week's North West 200
Willis Marshall

TYCO BMW'S Guy Martin is hoping for dry conditions during today's final practice at the North West 200 after poor weather prevailed during the first sessions on Tuesday.

Martin was 10th fastest on the S1000RR in the Superbike session in the wet and seventh in the Superstock practice, which was held on a drying track.

His team-mate, Alastair Seeley, dominated on day one at the international road race to top the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport sessions, but Martin expects to be much nearer the front in the forecast better conditions on Thursday.

"It's a tough way to start the roads season in those conditions, so I just kept it smooth and used the track time to gain as much information as we could get," he said.

"Alastair did a mint job for the team, but dry track time on Thursday is what I'm looking for and the aim is to be in around the sharp end for sure"

Martin has made a strong start to the year, winning the Scarborough Spring Cup and clinching a double on his Superstock machine at the Cookstown 100 in April.

Meanwhile Honda Racing's John McGuinness said Tuesday's weather conditions during opening practice at the North West 200 were 'probably the worst He had ever rode in'.

High winds and heavy rain caused major problems on the 8.9-mile coastal circuit in the Superbike and Supersport sessions in particular, though McGuinness still managed to finish sixth fastest on his CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.

The 43-year-old is back to fitness after injuring his wrist last season and clocked 176mph through the timing beam despite the inclement weather on Tuesday.

"We've had a solid start to the North West 200 to be fair, the conditions during practice were tricky with gusty winds and it was probably the worst conditions I've ever ridden in around here," said the Isle of Man TT star.

"I think everyone did an intelligent job out there; everyone's safe and back in one piece. It was difficult going but the bike was good, I'm good and the wrist I broke last year is feeling good ­ bring on Thursday."

McGuinness was 22nd fastest on his new EMC2 Honda Superstock machine, which he is running himself this season, and 12th fastest on the Jackson Racing Honda Supersport bike.

Today's final practice session is due to get underway at 10am until 2.45pm and then this evening the first three races for Superstock, Supersport, and Supertwins will commence at 6.15 this evening.


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