METZELER RIDERS GUY MARTIN AND DEAN HARRISON SHARE THE SPOILS AT SOUTHERN 100

Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin leads Dean Harrison on the RC Express Kawasaki through Church Bends in the Open race at the Southern 100 road races on the Isle of Man this evening. Harrison grabbed second spot from Martin at Castletown corner on the last lap, PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin leads Dean Harrison on the RC Express Kawasaki through Church Bends in the Open race at the Southern 100 road races on the Isle of Man this evening. Harrison grabbed second spot from Martin at Castletown corner on the last lap, PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Metzeler racer Guy Martin saved the best to last at the Southern 100 races today as he won a hard fought battle with Michael Dunlop to take the feature ‘Solo Championship’ and log a new outright lap in the process.

Impressive young road racer Dean Harrison was also in fantastic form as he won Wednesday’s Supersport race and today’s ‘Lightweight’ event- as fellow Metzeler rider James Hillier did on his ER6 machine at last month’s TT event.

Guy’s victory cheered his legions of fans at the event and listening online in a race which the Lincolnshireman professes to ‘loving’. In the ‘main event’ he took his Tyco Suzuki GSXR1000 to a new absolute lap record of 114.245mph in the fifth of eight laps to beat the current road racing man in form, Michael Dunlop.

The historic 4.25 mile Billown circuit again attracted good crowds who enjoyed fantastic racing and magnificent weather over the four day event. With a grassy paddock, mass starts and a traditional atmosphere to proceedings, the ‘Southern’ offers a unique charm for both racers and visitors alike. Tragically local racers Mark Madsen-Mygdal and David Jukes lost their lives at the event this year.

The races also marks another major road racing success for the Metzeler development team after victories in the North West 200, Isle of Man TT with the high speed Metzeler Ulster GP in August.

Metzeler Racing Manager and local ex ‘roads’ specialist Jason Griffiths commented; “The Southern 100 gave us a perfect opportunity to test some new rear tyre compounds in the Superbike and Supersport classes. We’ve gained additional grip without trading durability. The weather was perfect throughout the event and the results on track speak for themselves.

Guy’s win in today’s feature race with a new outright lap record is a fantastic result. Michael Dunlop is the current man in form so this win has added significance as we prepare for the Ulster Grand Prix. Dean Harrison has had another great week topped off with a brilliant win in the Supersport race. All in all, it has been a strong week ‘on the roads’ for Metzeler. “

To see the top Metzeler riders behind the scenes and in preparation for the TT please visit: www.metzeler.com/roadracing and on Twitter follow #roadtolegend

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