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Lintin roars out from the shadows of legend Guy Martin

By Paul Lindsay

Guy Martin’s former mechanic and fellow Lincolnshire man Ivan Lintin was a prolific six-time winner at Scarborough’s Gold Cup meeting over the weekend — culminating with a coveted Senior Gold Cup victory on the famous Oliver’s Mount circuit yesterday.

Fermanagh’s Lee Johnston was third in the feature race aboard his Pirtek Honda.

John McGuinness was second on the Padgetts’ Honda Fireblade.

Johnston can take heart from the fact that he was the only rider at the North Yorkshire meeting to head Lintin home in the larger capacity classes all weekend.

The diminutive Ulsterman took his debut win at Oliver’s Mount in the David Jefferies Trophy A Final second leg.

The Pirtek Honda rider narrowly edging out Lintin by 3/10ths of a second at the chequered flag, with another young hot-shot Daley Mathison holding off veteran TT star Bruce Anstey for third place.

Dungannon’s Ryan Farquhar increased his Oliver’s Mount win tally to 103 following his wins in Saturday’s Superbike B Final aboard an 1100cc classic racing Suzuki.

The 38-year-old then took advantage of a mistake by Jamie Hamilton in Sunday’s Classic Superbike race.

He took the win by 12 seconds over Saintfield’s Davy Morgan, with David Bell third.

Jamie Hamilton held off his former boss to take Saturday’s Classic Race victory by a massive 30 seconds with David Bell third.

Farquhar looked like he would make it 104 wins at Oliver’s Mount in Sunday’s Superbike B Final but was pipped to the post by Tom Weeden.

Nine-time Grand Prix World champion Valentino Rossi took an emotional MotoGP win at Misano in front of his home fans yesterday in Italy, after reigning world champion Marc Marquez crashed out with 19 laps remaining.

Rossi’s Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was second ahead of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedroza.

Toomebridge man Michael Laverty was 17th piloting the Open Class PBM Motorsport machine.

It was a top class performance from Laverty who finished just six seconds down on the factory-backed Aspar Honda of fellow Brit Leon Camier.

Laverty said afterwards: “It was a difficult race for me as I expected to have more pace.

“But I struggled to stop the bike in the early stages.

“I was working the rear brake really hard and it overheated before mid-distance and I struggled a lot.

“It didn't change the end result massively — I may have gained a position but like I've always said, I can go home happy when I get the maximum out of myself and the bike and today I didn't achieve that.”

Tech 3 Yamaha-mounted Bradley Smith was the top British finisher in seventh.

He was ahead of Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow in nineth, with Scott Redding [Gresini Honda] 13th.

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