The Gloucester-based Smiths Racing Team completed their second day of racing at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Races today with Guy Martin giving the double British Champions and TT winners their best result so far with fifth place in the opening Monster Energy Supersport race.
Riding the factory-supported Smiths Triumph Daytona 675R, the Lincolnshire rider started steadily but had moved up inside the top six by the end of the first lap and, with a lap of 126.823mph second time round, he occupied fourth position at half race distance.
But just as he was edging ever closer to the podium, all hopes were dashed when he was penalised thirty seconds for a speed infringement during the only pit stop of the race, his speed of 60.9kph was marginally over the allowed limit of 60kph. As a result, it dropped him down the order but he fought back in fine style and with another 126mph lap on the fourth and final lap, he ended the race in fifth place.
Team-mate David Johnson also had a strong ride setting a new personal best lap on a 600cc machine at 124.299mph on his way to claiming 11th place, having been in 18th at the end of lap one. It followed on from the Australian’s excellent showing in yesterday’s opening RST Superbike race where a succession of 127mph plus laps on the Smiths BMW S1000RR saw him secure tenth place for yet another top ten finish.
“I hadn’t been out on the bike for a couple of days and having been on my Superstock bike in the morning I was a bit lazy at the start and I think my first signal said ‘P13’. That woke me up a bit and I started to get my head into the race a bit more and the lap speeds were pretty good. As for the pit lane penalty, what can I say? It’s frustrating to say the least. The limiter was set well below 60kph and it was the same rear tyre that Gary Johnson used last year so we’re not sure why it happened. It’s frustrating like I say but the bike was faultless and we can give it another go on Wednesday.”
“I still need more time on the Superbike and it’s still a bit unstable at high speed. I rode it as hard as I could and tenth wasn’t a bad result. The Supersport race was hard going as we’re struggling to get it aerodynamic enough to suit me. I’m quite big and am giving 10mph away to Guy along the straights but every time I get on it, I make progress and to lap at over 124mph on my final lap was pleasing.”
Rebecca Smith, Team Manager: “We’ve learnt a lot with the Superbike this week and got some great help from Kurt from BMW Germany although it wasn’t until the final practice session that we got it close to where it needed to be. Credit where credit’s due and for David to finish tenth was a great job. In today’s Supersport race, neither bike missed a beat. The crew did two great pit stops and we got two top twelve finishes so it hasn’t been a bad day at all. But for Guy to get penalised was frustrating. The limiter was set at 55kph and we tested it during practice week and it was fine so all we can think of is that the growth of the tyre threw the settings out. I’m gutted for Guy and the team but at least we get another bite of the cherry on Wednesday.”
Pictures (courtesy of Jon Jessop): Guy Martin in action in the Monster Energy Supersport Race (top) and David Johnson on the Smiths BMW in the RST Superbike TT
About Smiths Triumph Racing Team:
Smiths (Gloucester) Limited was started in 1982 by Alan Smith. Smiths is a family run business and provides services in construction, waste management and recycling, demolition, transport, skip hire, laser levelling, asbestos removal and plant hire. It has grown from a small, owner-operated construction firm to one of the region’s largest and most respected construction services and waste management companies.
Alan Smith developed his love of bikes and racing in the 1980s when he competed in local and national amateur motocross events, his highest achievement being several top three positions in the national four-stroke and superclass categories.
The Smiths Triumph Racing Team continues the family ethos with daughter Rebecca adopting the mantle of Team Manager and wife Anne, son Paul and daughters Helen and Lisa often seen supporting the team on race days.
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