LOCAL motorcycling team TAS Racing are hoping that home comforts will allow them to enjoy a successful weekend in the Cookstown 100. The Suzuki outfit are returning to the famous Orritor circuit for another exciting meeting and team manager Philip Neill is keen to showcase their talents.
“As a local team based in Moneymore it’s always nice to be able to support our local road race, the Cookstown 100, when the diary allows us. We’ve been at Cookstown with a number of tops riders over the years and with the majority of our team based within the area, it’s a nice way for them to showcase what they do on a weekly basis in British championship and also on the International Road Racing scene.”
The Moneymore outfit have new title sponsors this year in Tyco Security Products and star rider Guy Martin and his bike will be back in the traditional GSX-R Suzuki colours this weekend.
Speaking to the Mid Ulster Mail, Martin admitted he was looking forward to a run out on the Suzuki bike on the Orritor circuit.
“The Cookstown 100 is a right good old fashioned road race and I always love coming to Northern Ireland. I’ve been busy with loads of different projects lately and while I’m not a fan of press conferences and all the pomp that goes with it, I love racing bikes and especially with the TAS boys.”
“We’re not coming to hang it out boy – not at all! But I’m certainly not turning up to finish last. We’ll leave the predictions to the others boys and see what happens, but I am looking forward to it.”
Despite the ultra competitive nature of his rider, manager Philip Neill stated that the Cookstown 100 is ideal preparation for the rest of the season and getting the bike in the best possible condition for road racing.
“Guy will primarily use the Cookstown as a test for the NW200 and TT as he’s had very little bike time. In saying that, I’m sure he’ll be competitive on the Orritor Circuit – I think he actually holds the lap record – but I’d say the big favourite as always will be local man and circuit specialist Ryan Farquhar. As long as it’s a good safe day’s racing we’ll head to Oulton Park – our next BSB round – very happy.”