Lincolnshire’s Guy Martin celebrated his new one-year deal with Northern Ireland team Tyco Suzuki by clinching his ninth Ulster Grand Prix victory in the first Supersport race at Dundrod on Saturday.
The 31-year-old, who confirmed on Friday that he would remain with the Suzuki outfit for a fourth consecutive season, took a narrow win over Bruce Anstey on the Padgett’s HM Plant Honda.
In wet but drying conditions, the pair had broke clear of the rest of the field after Michael Dunlop retired on his MD Racing Honda with bike trouble while holding third.
Martin was in front on the sixth and final lap and although Kiwi Anstey hit the front, a mistake at the hairpin allowed the English rider to battle back and re-take the lead, holding on to win by fractions of a second.
Maguiresbridge man Lee Johnston, who made his Dundrod debut last year, overhauled veteran Ian Lougher on the final lap to take the final rostrum place.
Milwaukee Yamaha’s William Dunlop and Conor Cummins completed the top six followed by Cameron Donald on Wilson Craig’s Honda and Ivan Lintin (Kawasaki).