Has Guy Martin Quit Road Racing? The Full Story…So Far…

Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade - Practice Session 30th May 2017 - Isle of Man TT Races
Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade – Practice Session 30th May 2017 – Isle of Man TT Races

The internet has went crazy today reporting on Guy Martin retiring from Road Racing.  As a Guy Martin fan, that is of course devastating news, and I honestly believe that most pure fans of road racing will also agree that Guy was / is good for the sport and its profile.  However following an ‘exclusive interview’ with MCN it looks like his road racing days are over…

With huge publicity surrounding the partnership of John McGuiness and Guy Martin on the new Honda FireBlade things looked perfect for the 2017 season.

Then it all started to unwind.  A poor Tandragee 100 started the season with Guy crashing out on his first lap, followed by an uneventful Cookstown 100 and North West 200 (at the same time as losing team mate John McGuinness to a horrific crash) which led us to the Isle of Man.  After the ‘box of neutrals’ incident Honda withdrew from the rest of the event.  Guy went onto a second place in the TTZero with Team Mugen, his team mate Bruce Anstey taking the win in that event.

Then the press release came that Honda and Guy would not be participating in the Ulster Grand Prix, a circuit that has brought Guy great success as well as proving almost deadly in 2015.

At this point I think most of us thought the writing on the wall was now here.

Guy Martin’s Road Racing days are over.

Explaining his decision to call it a day in an exclusive interview with MCN’s Matt Wildee, Guy said: “Racing’s been good to me, but I’m bored of it. You spend the early part of the year preparing for the season – testing, racing, talking about it, and then doing it all over again. It’s like Groundhog Day. It’s time to stop.” 

Or are they?

You can read the full interview here : http://www.motorcyclenews.com/sport/tt-road-races/2017/july/roads-guy-martin-calls-time-on-road-racing/

Has Guy Martin Retired from Road Racing?
Has Guy Martin Retired from Road Racing?

After withdrawing from this year’s Ulster Grand Prix, Guy Martin has decided to call time on his international road racing career.

The TT racer and truck mechanic turned TV star made an unexpected return to racing in 2017 after signing a deal to join a Honda dream team alongside 23-time TT winner John McGuinness, but that dream soon turned into a nightmare for Martin and the Louth-based team.

Late delivery of the all-new Fireblade left Martin and McGuinness with limited testing time on their superbike machines, meaning they’d stretch testing time into the international road racing season.

With McGuinness then injured at the North West 200 after an issue with the Fireblade’s kit ECU unexpectedly blipped the throttle, Martin was left to go it alone for TT, but things didn’t go to plan.

After a crash in the Superbike race, he would withdraw from the Senior, and after one final test with the team at Cadwell Park he has opted to call time on his road racing activities.

Explaining his decision to call it a day in an exclusive interview with MCN’s Matt Wildee, Guy said: “Racing’s been good to me, but I’m bored of it. You spend the early part of the year preparing for the season – testing, racing, talking about it, and then doing it all over again. It’s like Groundhog Day. It’s time to stop.” 

But is that really it for Guy Martin and his road racing career?

A few hours ago Guy Martin issued his own brand of press release in the format of a FaceBook post :

Guy Martin Racing on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/GuyMartinRacing/

“So a lot of folk have been talking asking about racing and what I’m doing.

“I went into the year right excited about the new Honda. I thought it would be great straight away and so did the team.
I soon realised that it needed a lot of developing and it will be great but it needs time and I’ve got loads of other projects going on, that Id rather use that time for. I didn’t get involved to develop a bike over months and years, I was told I’d have a bike capable of winning straight away and that’s why I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.

“TT was a bloody disaster, aside from walking the dog and racing the Mugen, I didn’t enjoy it. It was clear even before that we were going to struggle and then it turned into me really being a test rider, which I did but after we did more testing at Cadwell a few weeks back, I said to the team the bike won’t be competitive at the Ulster Grand Prix and they decided to withdraw me from the event, although they didn’t tell me, which is OK as the decision was made for me.

“So I’ve not given up on racing or road racing, there’s no unfinished business and I want to race classics and oddball stuff. All I’ve been thinking about recently is Pikes Peak and any spare time my brain has had is about Pikes Peak on 4 wheels. That job is down to me and if it doesn’t work, it’s my fault and I like that.

“So there’s no bad feeling. Neil Tuxworth has been upfront with me from the start and it’s a shame for everyone that the new bike hasn’t worked. I know how much effort I put in and so do the team, so no regrets but I’ve got no plans to do anymore road racing on the Hondas this year.

“Nigel Racing Corporation (NRC) current plans are preparation for Pikes Peak and classic racing but the plans can change with the wind.

“Ta for the support.” Guy

Guy Martin Team Mugen
Guy Martin Team Mugen

So there it is…all of it.  The ‘exclusive interview’ and the reply from the man himself.  Will we see Guy Martin on a Superbike any time soon?  Personally I doubt it.

However I’d put a quid on him appearing at the 2018 TT Races again as part of Team Mugen for the TT Zero.  The Pikes Peak thing looks like a certainity and should be great fun to watch develop.

Whatever happens, I for one wish Guy all the very best for all his future endeavours and secretly still hope to see him whizzing on the roads every now and then!

 

 

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