Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team will hope to put a disappointing race week behind them with a rostrum result in Friday’s PokerStars Senior TT.
Lincolnshire’s Guy Martin carries the hopes of TAS Racing on his shoulders after William Dunlop was ruled out of the event following his crash at Laurel Bank during Monday’s Superstock practice lap.
Martin has endured an up and down week after being forced out of Sunday’s RST Superbike race on the opening lap at Ballagarey with an electrical problem before his S1000RR refused to fire up in the RL360 Superstock race on Tuesday, costing the Grimsby man 35 seconds in the pits when he had been in contention for a podium.
It later transpired that the battery on his BMW overheated, thwarting his chances as he eventually finished seventh.
Martin, though, did break into the top three in Wednesday’s second Monster Energy Supersport race on the Smiths Racing Triumph, taking third behind Ian Hutchinson and Bruce Anstey.
However, his Moneymore team will desperate to end the week with a coveted rostrum finish in the feature race.
Reflecting on his Superstock woe, Martin – who lapped at 130mph from a standing start – said: “It was hard work and even though we maybe didn’t quite have the perfect set-up, I made a strong start and the bike was flying; it was mint.
“130mph from a standing start is a good enough first Superbike lap, never mind on a ’stocker, and the second lap wasn’t much slower. We were in the running, but what can you do.”
Team manager Philip Neill said Martin is ‘extremely happy’ with the set-up of his BMW Superbike ahead of the flagship Senior race.
“On a positive note our BMW S1000RR has huge potential and Guy is extremely happy with the set-up on his Superbike machine, so we will re-group and hope for a positive end to TT2015 on Friday.”