Samantha Martin reveals new racing bike for national series
Samantha Martin has unveiled the Suzuki SV650 she hopes to use in this year’s Dunlop Masters National Motorcycle championship.
She revealed the new bike and colour-scheme in her home village of Tarbert over the weekend, just days after championship bosses announced a revised calendar for the season ahead.
It is hoped – ease of restrictions permitting – that a six-event championship can get underway in late April, with one meeting a month until September on the cards.
Martin is Kerry’s only female solo motorcycle racer. She made her race debut in March 2019 but since then has concentred on track-days and practice sessions.
Her plan this year is to contest the entire Dunlop Masters series as well as selected rounds of the Ulster Championship.
However, a planned test session in Spain next month, a traditional part of the early Irish season, has now been knocked in the head, due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions.
“I could have done with more test days last year. I have decided against Spain and that it is not helping,” she said. “I have no expectations. I know it will take me a few rounds to get fully settled.”
While Martin is Kerry’s only solo racer, another Kerry woman competes as a passenger in the sidecar championship. They both race under the same Motorcycling Ireland race licence.
Martin and her racing partner Andrew Murphy have launched a range of merchandise to help fund the coming season. Products can be viewed and ordered by clicking the photos.
A version of this article was originally published in The Kerryman. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to The Kerryman