After missing last year’s Scarborough Gold Cup due to complications caused by blood poisoning, Guy Martin returned to record his eighth Gold Cup win at the road circuit in the North of England. This comes off the back of winning last month’s Ulster GP. The turn in fortune, after disappointment at the Northwest 200 and Isle of Man TT, is said to be down to new tyre compounds coming from the Tyco TAS Suzuki team’s suppliers, Pirelli.
Guy beat Isle of Man legend John McGuinness and other leading roads specialists, including TT winners, Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey, on his way to five wins from six starts over the two-day race meeting. Only an electrical glitch, in a Supersport race he was leading, stopped him from claiming a 100% record.
“It’s been a great day and nice to get my hands back on the Gold Cup for the eighth time,” said Guy. “I enjoyed the battle with McGuinness and co. for the win, which made it that little bit more special, and to give Tyco Suzuki their first win here is mint. The boys always put in a big effort for me so they really deserve it. We almost, almost, had the clean sweep only for what I believe to be a tilt switch problem that caused the bike to cut out in the last race. She was grand when I got her back up onto the fat of the tyre, but it was too risky to take a chance with it. We’ll be happy with our lot: five wins is not to be sniffed at.”