Superbike Race day dawned dry sunny and bright with all eyes focussed
on the number 1 plate of Guy Martin, only due to a late cuppa or something
he was late for the drop of the flag by some 9 seconds, John Mcguiness
was still being interviewed by ITV as he heard Guy blasting off towards
Despite this false start Martin was soon stamping his authority by leading by 4 seconds over Mcguiness at the end of the opening lap, but the Padgetts Fireblade was out soon after, plagued by a miss fire on the run to Ballacraine.
Cameron Donald took over the chase of Martin, both riders in the hunt for that first TT win.
Then on lap 4 Martin succumbed to mechanical gremlins that were to plague him for the rest of the week, Donald was by now ahead on the road of Relentless TAS team mate Bruce Anstey and that is how they finished separated by just over 10 seconds on corrected time, with Adrian Archibald recording his fastest ever lap to make it a Suzuki 1-2-3.
It was Cam's first TT win, the last Australian success being Graeme Mcgregor's Junior win 24 years previous.
The transformation of a rider who was whispered to only putting fast laps in by following faster riders was completed beyond doubt when Donald made it 2 wins out of 2 with a resounding victory in Mondays Superstock race over John Mcguiness and third placed Guy Martin.
Bruce Anstey who was bidding for his fourth superstock win on the trot pulled out after feeling unwell, but what did he have for lunch before that afternoons 600 Supersport TT?
Rejuvenated He broke the class lap record on his way to a crushing win over second placed Yamaha R6 of Steve Plater who just pipped John Mcguiness over the last run over the mountain who struggled bravely with a blown steering damper.
Then Sensation, shortly after the podium celebrations when Anstey's Suzuki was found to have an illegal exhaust cam measurement, the 39 year old Kiwi was scrubbed from the results.
This then elevated Plater to 1st, who was informed whilst having a shower to take in the shock of getting second place!
So a win in his second year but perhaps what is even more amazing is Steve doesn't use pit boards, preferring to ride at his own pace.... well some pace!
The reshuffle placed Keith Amor up to third, another bright talent who also only debuted 12 months ago.
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