International road racing superstar Guy Martin has confirmed his entry for next month’s Cookstown 100 road races.
The Tyco Suzuki rider has been a regular at the national meeting in County Tyrone over the past few seasons and will kick-start his 2013 roads campaign at the event, which traditionally raises the curtain on the national season.
Last year, Lincolnshire protagonist Martin was a somewhat controversial winner of the Open race on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Cookstown after home favourite Ryan Farquhar claimed his rival had made an illegal overtaking manoeuvre under a waved yellow flag.
Despite his protestations the result stood, although Farquhar had the final say as he turned the tables on Martin to triumph in the Grand Final – a victory that would prove to be his final race at the Cookstown 100 after the KMR Kawasaki team boss called time on his career following the death of his uncle, Trevor Ferguson, at the Manx Grand Prix.
Press officer Kenny Loughrin said he was thrilled to have Martin back at the Cookstown 100.
“Guy has confirmed his entry for the Cookstown 100 on April 26-27,” said Loughrin.
“He has been a regular with us for the past few years and to have him on the grid for 2013 is just fantastic news.”
In Farquhar’s absence, Martin will line up on the grid on the narrow Orritor circuit as the race favourite based on his results over the past few years.
His rivals are likely to include Michael and William Dunlop plus new KMR Kawasaki signing Brian McCormack from Waterford and team-mate Jamie Hamilton, Derek Sheils on Chris Dowd’s Kawasaki ZX-10R, Michael Pearson and Davy Morgan.