Excitement is building at the onset of what is Mar-Train Racing’s first ever full week of TT races. Building on their debut in 2014 which saw them compete only in the Supersport class, the Lisburn outfit have a full stable of Yamaha machinery and two of the world’s best road racers with which to tackle the historic mountain course in 2015.
Both Dean Harrison and Gary Johnson took home an elusive winner’s trophy in 2014 and both men are members of the exclusive ‘130 club’ as one of only fourteen men who have lapped the thirty seven and three quarter mile circuit at an average of over 130mph.
Despite the changeable weather this week Harrison has completed ten laps on his YZF-R1M machines lapping at 127mph and 126mph on his Superbike and Superstock machines respectively leaving him 11th and 9th overall. The Bradford bullet is also 4th in the Supersport class after posting a lap of 124mph on Friday evening.
Gary Johnson has excelled on his brief time on the Mar-Train R6 topping the time sheets on Thursday with a lap of 124mph despite it being only his second lap of the week, overall the Lincolnshire man is 5th in the Supersport listings.
On the eve of their first ever Superbike TT Tim and Sonya Martin can take confidence from the fact that they have surpassed early expectations by giving the YZF-R1M its first road race victory at the Spring Cup at Oliver’s Mount followed up by a podium at the Cookstown 100. The team have worked hard to overcome some issues thrown up by the high speed nature of both the North West 200 and TT circuits and made massive strides forward in this respect throughout practice week.
Mar-Train Team Principal Tim Martin "We are very pleased with the progress that Mar-Train Racing have made this year to release the road racing potential of the new R1M. After a successful start to the season at Scarborough and Cookstown, it's great to see that the results from TT practice week are really positive and it shows that the team are going in the right direction with the bike. We now hope that the team can continue that progress, with both Dean (Harrison) and the R1M being capable of delivering strong results in race week."