Following his debut win on the BMW S 1000 RR at Oliver’s Mount circuit in Scarborough on 11 April, Guy Martin took a double victory in both Superbike races on 25 April at the Cookstown 100 event in Northern Ireland, making it three wins for the Lincolnshire man this month on the Superstock-spec Tyco BMW S 1000 RR.
Having switched to BMW machinery for his assault on ‘the roads’ in 2015, Martin successfully participated in pre-season testing in Almeria, Spain, before the first races of the season took place at the street circuit in North Yorkshire, England. There, Martin gave the Tyco BMW team its first victory with the RR on the Saturday, and then went on to lift the main prize of the meeting – the Spring Cup – after finishing fourth on Sunday in treacherous conditions.
“It was our first race in anger on the BMW Motorrad machine, and considering the conditions were not very appealing; yeah… we did a damn good job,” he said. “Granted we still have work to do, but as I said in Spain during the test – what a great bike, we just need to work on finding the sweet spot. But a win’s a win and the trophy they all came for was the Spring Cup, so job done.”
Two weeks later, Guy and team-mate William Dunlop made their 2015 Irish road racing debuts together at the KDM Cookstown 100 Road Races – the opening Irish national event of the season and the Tyco team’s local event – on April 24 and 25.
In the opening encounter Martin held off a late charge from Michael Dunlop to take the win by just 0.114sec, but all the drama came in the feature race of the day – the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Superbike race.
Martin led for the opening six laps, which he relinquished for a short period on lap seven, but a red flag incident involving Michael Dunlop forced the race to be stopped. The end result was a second Superbike win for Martin, with his Tyco BMW team-mate William Dunlop coming through from the second group to finish fourth on corrected time. William Dunlop was fifth in the opening Superbike encounter.
“I could have smoked a Woodbine in that last race, the Superstock BMW was so stable and working just mint,” joked Guy after the race. “I was never under any pressure and when Michael 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.”
Having started the road racing season with a win in the Spring Cup at Scarborough and now a double at the Cookstown 100, things are looking positive in the run-up to the forthcoming international road races, according to Team Manager Philip Neill, who said: “We will not get carried away but this confirms the strength of the package we have in BMW’s S 1000 RR after we made a conscious decision for both riders to compete on Superstock machines against quite a few Superbikes. The end result shows the potential of the BMW machinery and we can now concentrate on testing our Superbike machines ahead of the North West 200.”