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Guy set to make Honda debut on big weekend at Tandragee 100

By Paul Lindsay

Maverick racer and global TV star Guy Martin will be spending consecutive weekends in Northern Ireland in April after having agreed to ride both this year's Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 and KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Road Races.

The North Armagh Motorcycle Club is delighted to welcome the Lincolnshire man to the Tandragee 100 on the weekend of April 21/22 where local fans will see him in action for the first time aboard Honda Racing machinery after eight consecutive seasons with TAS Racing on both Suzuki and BMW bikes.

Martin will compete in both the Open and Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 feature races aboard one of Honda's all-new SP2 Fireblade Superstock machines. This will be Martin's first time competing at the County Armagh venue since he last raced in the colours of Uel Duncan Racing and Robinson Concrete back in 2005.

The Tandragee 100 has previously been voted the fourth Best Road Racing Circuit in the World (only the Isle of Man TT, Macau Grand Prix and Ulster Grand Prix came in higher) and has also been called a 'mini TT' by top riders, with its mix of flat-out blasts, narrow bumpy sections such as Cooley Hill Road, its fast sweeping bends and the 180mph Cabragh Straight.

The 5.3-mile course, the longest of the National Road Races, offers competitors a test of road racing that is unmatched by other national courses, and the opportunity to set up their bikes for forthcoming international events, including the NW200 and the Isle of Man TT.

The Cookstown 100 is the following weekend.

Leading broadcaster Matt Roberts and double TT winner Steve Plater hosted last night's TT launch in the Isle of Man.

The duo were joined on stage by top contenders John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop, where the usual brand of humour and banter was delivered to a packed audience at the Villa Marina in Douglas.

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