Sugo: Steve Martin race report

A weekend to forget for Steve Martin. It was another weekend in Japan that will be best forgotten for Steve Martin after a finishing 15th in race one and pulling out with an oil leak in race two. It was never going to be an easy weekend at...

A weekend to forget for Steve Martin.

It was another weekend in Japan that will be best forgotten for Steve Martin after a finishing 15th in race one and pulling out with an oil leak in race two.

It was never going to be an easy weekend at what is in effect Dunlop's test track, appalling weather on Friday and Saturday just made matters worse.

"We had so little dry weather track time during qualifying that in race one my set up was way out," explained Steve.

His team worked hard during the interval to get a better set up for race two.

"We changed just about everything, including tyres, ride height, springs, damping, you name it, we changed it," said Steve.

It was a risky strategy but one that could have paid off if it hadn't been for an unforeseen problem early in the race.

"The bike was much better, it was competitive. But when my foot started slipping off the peg I realised I had a big problem, I looked down and there was an oil mist coming from the motor. I had no choice but to retire from the race," he said. Frustratingly for Steve the oil leak was caused by an engine cover fastener that had worked loose.

Steve now travels direct to Italy to prepare for the next round in Monza. "I'll be glad to get to Europe and forget all about this weekend!"

-gls-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Steve Martin