Guy Martin To Ride For Honda Racing In 2017

Guy Martin To Ride For Honda Racing In 2017

Guy Martin is rarely out of the public eye these days. If he’s not challenging a world record, he’s taking on an incredible endurance feat or giving an over-enthusiastic interview.

But the Grimsby lorry mechanic has surprised us with the shock announcement that he is to join Honda Racing and race the TT once again, alongside 23-time TT winner John McGuinness.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/1/2017: Guy Martin and teammate John McGuinness chat about the new CBR1000RR SP2 Honda Fireblade they will race in 2017. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Martin hasn’t been seen on the road racing circuit since the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix, when he suffered a huge crash during the Dundrod 150 Superbike race, which left him with multiple fractured vertebrae, ribs and a broken sternum.

So when he announced that he’d be sitting out the 2016 season, fans assumed it was to recover and recuperate.

Oh no. Instead, he completed the gruelling 2,712-mile Tour Divide mountain bike race in America, alongside a host of other challenges.

He appears to have got (most of) that out of his system now, and will be returning to the Isle of Man aboard Honda’s all-new Fireblade SP2, which in its previous guises was the most successful 1,000cc machine ever at the TT.

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With Honda’s support, Martin will be chasing an elusive maiden TT win. Despite having placed on the Isle of Man podium 15 times and won at other races including the Ulster GP, Scarborough Gold Cup, Armoy, Cookstown and the Southern 100, he is yet to take the TT trophy.

Could 2017 be his year?

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