2017 Isle of Man TT Recap: Honda’s Guy Martin Rutter gave the Paton its first-ever TT win with a new Lightweight TT lap record of 118.645mph. Martin has set the following speed records. In 2006 Martin raced for Alistair Flanagan's AIM Yamaha race team, replacing John McGuinness. During the first lap of the Open Superbike race, Martin was involved in a collision with another rider at Marlacoo corner. 3. [24] Inside the racing paddock, Martin is seen as somewhat of an outsider or maverick, which he is comfortable with.

Ballagarey. In the Pike's Peak episode of Speed he is accompanied to the US by his friend Cameron Whitworth, a race mechanic with 17 TT wins. Taking third was Honda Racing’s Conor Cumins. [75] As on previous occasions this resulted in Martin's team boss, Hector Neill, again having to rally to his rider's defence. Felling a tree by hand, he transports the lumber to the mill by steam traction engine, to build a replica of the first pedal-powered bicycles. Interviewed by BBC Sport,[87] Martin was in upbeat mood, saying he hadn't pushed the machine too hard, and was quite happy with a "steady ride round." It was the start of the third lap of the 2010 Senior TT, the last race of the fortnight. They describe the crash as a 'fireball' and were worried he would not make it out alive. [10] His thrill-seeking side later emerged with the production of the series Speed with Guy Martin, first airing on Channel 4 in 2013. Soon after Martin's birth, the family moved to a house outside the town, where they remained. The motorbike racer revealed in his autobiography ” We Need To Weaken the Mixture” that the birth of his first child changed his life completely. The film examines what motivates the riders who race the TT and risk everything to become "King of the Mountain". Having been exonerated by the post-war trials, and with Latvia now part of the Soviet Union, all surviving former Latvian conscripts were allowed to settle in the United States and Britain as political refugees – Walter opted for the UK, travelling to Hull. Guy Martin (born 4 November 1981) is a British lorry-mechanic better known publicly as a motorcycle racer turned television presenter of engineering-based projects, being likened to the late Fred Dibnah.[2]. Martin and his siblings attended every Isle of Man TT from their births, until their father Ian crashed his Yamaha FZ750 whilst racing at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough in 1988, when Guy was aged 7. He also confirmed that he enjoyed riding at the Northwest 200 and that he had development work to do with the new Honda. [16] He also worked for his father, who at the time was self-employed, running a truck maintenance business. He has authored three books, and competed in mountain bike pedal-cycle races. [4][10] He fears being seen as inauthentic if he became a full-time presenter, seeing some in the industry as "passionate about anything that they're told to be passionate about". 2009 was expected to be the year he broke the seal, but after claiming two seconds and a third on the Superstock, Superbike and Supersport bikes early in the week Martin's engine gave up after coming onto the pit lane in the 2nd 600 race. Martin continued his fine early season form by winning the opening Royal Hotel Superbike Race, and then sealing a brace of superbike wins at the feature race, the KDM Cookstown 100, again accomplished on Superstock machinery. This was despite Martin's reluctance to film a third series, saying that he would prefer to "move on while we are ahead", continuing with a few one off specials. [97], Martin returned to road racing in May 2019 at Tandragee, winning the 1000 cc class on a BSA Rocket, finishing second on the road to outright winner Dean Stimpson on a 500 cc machine with both classes run together. [10] This was followed by Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead, released on 22 October 2015, and covering the previous year in diary format, from the 24-hour Solo World Mountain Bike Championship to the Isle of Man TT. Guy made his debut in 2004 and has so far accumulated five podiums and is currently the second fastest man to have lapped the TT Course with a speed of 129.816mph. In the Superstock race, he came home in fifth, before his well publicised incident in the Senior TT, which caused the race to be red-flagged. The attempt was originally scheduled for August during the FIM event at Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States. [103] He achieved his goal of a podium-finish during a 2013 British Championship event in Fort William, Scotland. Guy Martin is no stranger to speed. "[138] A few days later in a radio interview, Martin repeated the claims, and stated he had not broken the law as he had only reached high speeds on derestricted roads (i.e., those with no upper speed limit). [32] October 2016 saw the release of his latest book, titled "Guy Martin: Worms to Catch" featuring Guy's thoughts on the past year and upcoming challenges. [73] Finishing fourth the following day in treacherous conditions, Martin went on to lift the main prize of the meeting, the Spring Cup. Martin has written three books about his life, releasing his autobiography, Guy Martin: My Autobiography, on 8 May 2014. [4][50], In the programme, Martin met surviving members of his family and visited the now cleared site of his family's former farmhouse. [78], Martin's 2015 Isle of Man TT provided mixed results. The science was explored by Hugh Hunt of Cambridge University, revealing the equation G=S2/(25*D), where G is G-Force, S is speed in mph, and D is diameter of the wall, in metres. 617 Squadron RAF. The programme includes reconstructions of early industrial processes such as smelting iron. In the wide-ranging interview, Martin also shed further light on his decision to walk away from premier international road racing as his young daughter was about to be born, revealing he was more interested in ‘learning’ than he was ultimately about winning. The streamliner tipped over when it passed over a rut in the track as it was being towed to the start line. Riding for Wilson Craig in 2010, Guy was runner-up in the first Supersport race, taking fourth in the second, with a … The campaign used the then-new version of the Honda Fireblade. The Isle of Man TT was the next major race on the calendar and he got a third, two seconds and a DNF after running out of fuel with fewer than three miles to go until his first pit stop. [10] He was named Guy in tribute to Guy Gibson of No. With Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop. [20], He bought the Vöx in 2012 from Koenigsegg engineer Mattias Vöcks. Up until July 2002, there were no indications that Guy would race on the public roads as his attention was focused on the British Juniorstock 600cc Championship where, after a solid maiden season in 2001, he made significant strides forward in 2002 to become a regular front runner. [11] His father Ian was a successful privateer motorbike racer who had competed in several Isle of Man TT events, but he was forced to supplement his income with a job as a lorry mechanic, additionally selling bikes. Spellman shot some additional test material of Martin back at home in the summer and the boss of North One television showed the clips to a BBC executive. [10][16], Martin owns a Merlin aero engine from a 1942 Lancaster bomber, and a Scania 144 530 truck engine. He stated that while he had accidents that looked worse, this was the one that caused the most damage. A successful debut year on the roads that saw him win the Cock o' the North and International Gold Cup races at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough as well as the Irish 750cc Support Championship. His passion for the TT was ignited at age 16 with the invitation from Baz Kirk to return to the island. Since 2011, the TV and 3D film star has been aboard the Suzuki by TAS Racing machines, currently under the Tyco Suzuki banner and will be challenging for his first TT win. Riding for Wilson Craig in 2010, Guy was runner-up in the first Supersport race, taking fourth in the second, with a similar position in the Superbike TT. Although his interest matched his father's trade, he was happy for Guy to do his own thing. [21] He says "I like a bit of danger. The attempt, on the purpose-built 400 mph motorcycle, suffered a number of setbacks at the track at Bonneville Salt Flats, in Utah, USA. Martin's first competitive appearance since 2015 was his debut for Honda at the Tandragee 100 on 22 April, riding the new Honda Fireblade Superstock-class machine. He accused Martin of not listening to his race advice, arguing "He needs to stop being distracted and lift his professionalism. Martin is often joined by friends on his TV shows. [66], Airlifted to Noble's Hospital in Douglas with chest injuries, he was later diagnosed as suffering bruising to both lungs and minor fractures to his upper spine.[65]. [16], By late 2011 he had accrued 21 penalty points on his standard UK driving licence, having been caught speeding several times in his Transit van. [19], While completing his apprenticeship as a lorry mechanic, Martin raced motorbikes in his spare time. [14] To work through aches and pains he takes cod liver oil, but suspects it is only working as a placebo effect. Following the Ulster Grand Prix accident, Martin decided to retire from motorcycle racing although he did not disclose the decision publicly. [87], Practice produced mixed results for Martin. [75] This brought reaction from various commentators and competitors, with Philip McCallen questioning Martin's commitment to the sport as well as his indiscreet criticism of the course. By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world's most dangerous race. He hopes to win a TT before the event is banned for health and safety reasons. In July 2015 it was confirmed that Martin was to pilot Triumph Motorcycles' attempt on the motorcycle land speed record (World's Fastest Motorcycle), at the time standing at 376.363 mph (605 km/h), set by Rocky Robinson in 2010. 2014 Isle of Man TT Supersport Results. [70] This was followed by fifth place in the Superstock race, a retirement in the first Supersport race and 8th place in the second Supersport outing.[71]. Based on a 1967 Volvo Amazon, it was upgraded and customised by Vöcks into an E85 biofuel powered 788 bhp vehicle, which Martin claims has reached 205 mph on a racetrack. Northern Ireland Guy Martin clinched a Ulster Grand Prix treble as he won both Superbike races and also took a Supersport victory to bring his Dundrod career haul up to 11. [24], Martin suffered a serious crash in the Dundrod 150 Superbike event, part of the Ulster Grand Prix races in August 2015. The last chance to get a TT win for another year, and I was pushing hard. [10] Martin returned to the Isle of Man at age 16; overhearing lorry driver and amateur racer Baz Kirk discussing his plans to race in the 1997 Manx Grand Prix with his father, he was offered the chance to assist him as a race mechanic.[15]. A mile into the run the machine lost traction on the damp surface, veering off the steered path and tipping over on the course. Guy made his debut in 2004 and has so far accumulated five podiums and is currently the second fastest man to have lapped the TT Course with a speed of 129.816mph. Dean Harrison. It's like Groundhog Day. [53], Various commentators have also drawn attention to his sideburns, worn since age 16,[4][10][49][51][54][48] his use of phrases such as "graft" (work) and "proper"[48] as well as his addiction to drinking tea[21][55][56] – his on screen explaining of the reasons for why he prefers to put the milk in first was part of what drew him to the attention of his eventual television producer Woodroffe. Almost 300 riders have taken victory at the Isle of Man TT over the last 112 years. Driving almost the full length of the TT course (joining at Quarterbridge garage and finishing at Governor's Bridge), he said he was impressed at how fast it really was, reaching 180 mph down Sulby Straight and becoming airborne at Ballacrye corner, resulting in "something like a 22-minute lap". He also has a 1915 Amanco Chore Boy stationary engine with original low tension magneto in his kitchen. Martin made a good start to the Superbike TT, and at the end of the first lap he was lying in third place behind John McGuinness and Cameron Donald. [81], Martin then began to take hold of the meeting. He covers the engineering behind the Victorian fashion for collecting plants from around the world, to be shown off in extravagant botanical gardens. [14] He decided to prioritise cycling over the TT in 2016 as he felt he was nearing the point where he would be too old to compete properly, and after 11 seasons at the TT he was beginning to find the routine of the motorcycle season monotonous. He claimed a podium, third, in the Superstock race but suffered further retirements in the Senior and second Supersport races. And James Hillier, Lee Johnston, Michael Rutter and Keith Amor rounded out the top ten. Martin returned to road racing in May 2019 at the Tandragee 100 in Northern Ireland. Following his spill in the opening race, Martin also failed to start in both the Supersport race and the Superstock event. [136] The van is for general transport while the Vöx is just for special occasions,[136] however he does his daily commute to his truck job on his mountain bike. On 26 July 2017, it was officially announced that Guy Martin had retired from motorcycle racing. 8. In 2004 he moved to the Uel Duncan Racing team, staying with them until 2005. [67], This led to rumours of a 'bust-up' with the Suzuki Team, and resulted in Martin's team boss, Hector Neill, being interviewed on Manx Radio TT 365 prior to the TT, during which Neill scotched such rumours as; "Media inspired skulduggery. This would allow Martin to challenge a previous claimed record of around 70 mph, which the programme believed was wrong, determined through video analysis as having been 45 mph. [105][106], Martin achieved an ambition and competed in the 2016 Tour Divide mountain bike race, which runs from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, negotiating the Rocky Mountains, beginning on 11 June. Prior to that crash, during the Superbike race, Martin received a 30-second penalty for exceeding the posted pit lane speed limit of 60 km/h by just 0.112 km/h. In 2010 he failed to take a podium at the North West 200, with his best result being fourth in the second Superbike race. [26] He likes the appeal of reaching 200 mph all the time in road races, and their unforgiving nature, something he believes series like the MotoGP or Superbikes simply don't offer. Feeling the country had lost its reputation as the workshop of the world and "went soft" under the auspices of health and safety culture, through replicating original working methods in various practical projects, the series was to highlight the ordinary workers who were experiencing long hours while working to remarkable precision, "within a couple of thousandths of an inch".[66]. Martin's quest to set a new two-wheeled world land speed record was called off due to conditions on the course. [22] Martin was prepared to retire had TAS not chosen to switch to BMW, believing he had raced the Suzuki as hard as he could. However, getting maximum drive out of the final corner, Dunlop snatched victory at the line by 0.087 seconds. Martin was lucky to escape injury while competing in the superbike race, and was battling for the lead of the race on a Suzuki XR69 with Jamie Coward, when he crashed on the final lap. On a first attempt, using an Indian Scout motorcycle, Martin managed to achieve 70.33 mph, while on a second run, on a bike purposely built by Martin (a 1972 Rob North T160 Trident triple), he extended the record to 125.77 km/h (78.15 mph). With a time of 14 hours 40 minutes, he was the first British non-professional rider to finish. Martin decided to take up racing after a crash on public roads at age 18. [10] Uncomfortable with presenting to camera or working from a script, his preferred style is to improvise his dialogue, and work by responding to questions from crew off camera, which are designed both to prompt him, as well as keep him focused, and even stop him "rattling on" if necessary. He has been on the podium on 15 occasions at the TT, though. [86], As at the Cookstown 100, it was confirmed Martin would ride for both the factory-supported Honda team, and in the Supersport 600 cc class for the Wilson Craig Team. [5] However, following numerous approaches by Honda Racing team manager Neil Tuxworth,[5] Martin confirmed in January 2017 that he had signed for Lincolnshire-based Honda Racing as partner to 23-times TT winner John McGuinness for the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Southern 100 races.[6][7]. [14], Post-school he enrolled in North Lindsey College on a motor vehicle engineering course, but on recognising further education without pay was not for him, he secured an apprenticeship as a truck fitter with a Volvo centre, John Hebb Volvo. Teammates William Dunlop and Guy Martin finished fifth and sixth respectively. He is a fan of BBC Radio 4. Also covered is the migration of farm workers to city factories, displaced by mechanisation. Martin's criticism of the course in regard to the chicanes was mentioned. [72], Martin opened his 2015 season at the Oliver's Mount Circuit on Saturday 11 April,[73] at which he recorded a maiden victory on his BMW S1000RR Superstock at the Scarborough venue. [3] He has a total of 17 podium finishes at TT events over several years. When the 2014 Dainese TT was complete, Dunlop would finish 20.5 seconds ahead of Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin. However, following adverse weather, the race was postponed until Saturday, 9 June. Later video footage showed him run wide on the entry to Windy Corner and it was this mistake that led him to miss out on the magical 130 mph lap. [81] This enabled Martin to stay clear on the final circuit taking the Southern 100 title for the third year in succession.[81]. [137], Martin also owns a large collection of bicycles and motorcycles, including a Bimota. [4][50], Martin is shown embarking on a 1,000-mile motorbike trip, as he explores rarely seen aspects of modern India en route to Rider Mania, described as "one of the world's maddest bike races". [65], Recollecting the crash in 2012, Martin recounted how he has been pushing too hard going into the corner at 160-170 mph, having willingly crossed the line [which if you push beyond you might crash] in order to win. [24], Martin signed a new deal with Honda Racing on 18 January 2017 to ride the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, rekindling his ambition to win the Isle of Man TT and renewing his focus on his road racing career. [18] He now swears by the reliability of the Transit,[36] driving it around 40,000 miles a year. He believes he can get that elusive maiden TT win … [email protected]. [79] Martin rounded off his 2015 campaign when he took the factory BMW S1000RR Superbike to 4th place in the Senior TT with an average race speed of 129.602 mph, but with a fastest lap average of 132.398 mph, a personal best for Martin and just two seconds slower than race winner and outright lap record holder John McGuinness. [8][98], Martin has successfully raced mountain bikes in cross country, downhill races and endurance races. In 2017, Martin purchased the pub in his home village. [18] He prefers to live out of his van while racing or on television shoots. Honda Racing, after further appraisal of the incident involving McGuinness, also withdrew from the remaining events. The TT is world famous, it is the last of the great challenges in motorsport and is the ultimate test of man and machine. [4][17][48][49][50][10] It has been suggested he brings something unique to presenting,[4][48] with comparisons being made with the late Fred Dibnah. The end of 2009 saw Martin leave Hydrex for Northern Ireland-based Wilson Craig Honda, but since November 2010, Martin has raced for TAS Racing (known as Relentless Suzuki, then Tyco Suzuki from 2012 to 2014, and Tyco BMW from 2015 to present), the team run by the Neill family also based in Northern Ireland, and with a long TT heritage. Martin brought his race season to a close winning five races at Scarborough's Oliver Mount Gold Cup. [35] He has written car reviews on the 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon,[36] the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR,[37] the 2015 Ford Transit L2 H2, the 2016 Ford Mustang V8 GT,[38] as well as writing about his own Volvo Vöx[39] and his Wall of Death show.[40]. [11], He later turned down an invitation from Chris Evans to join the new presenting team of the BBC's motoring show, Top Gear. Martin's next outing of the season was on the Superstock Fireblade SP2 at the Cookstown 100, additionally riding for the Wilson Craig Team in the Supersport class. It was also unusual, at the time, for a 20-year old to contest the International road races. As a consequence of continued poor weather, the decision to cancel the Senior TT was taken. [19] He also seeks out casual work as a way to switch off during TT events (practice only being in the evenings). In 2009 Martin contested all three Internationals as well as selected British Championship and Irish National races. He had a long career before announcing his official retirement in … [10] This attraction of the combination of speed and a sense of danger was part of the motivation for him doing his Speed series. In January 2016 Martin confirmed he would not be racing the 2016 Isle of Man TT as it clashed with a mountain bike race he wanted to compete in, and he would also not be racing the prior North West 200 due to the mountain bike training. Martin attended Kirmington Church of England Primary School and The Vale Academy school, leaving at age 16. He avoided a driving ban when on 18 points, being given another three in lieu of a ban, after the judge showed leniency due to the effect it would have on his livelihood, had he lost it. [clarification needed] Despite crashing at around 135 mph (217 km/h), Martin only sustained a bruised wrist. The Greatest Race on Earth. On the final lap, being pursued by Bruce Anstey, he left the course at Ireland's Corner, fracturing thoracic vertebrae, his sternum and a number of ribs and his throttle hand, requiring steel rods to be inserted into his back and a pin in his hand. The all … On board his BMW S1000RR Martin took to the grid for the finale to the event, the Southern 100 Solo Championship. Travelling in a 1982 Lada 1300S, he also visited an immersive Cold War Russian prison experience, and watched a reenactment of a battle between the Legion forces and the Soviet Red Army. [136][16] After a period of "driving like a saint" he was expecting to have regained a clean record by April 2015. The programme also detailed his recovery period at home, revealing his ice bath treatments in an outdoor pool to relieve the pain, which was affecting his sleep. However, Martin edged him out, taking the lead on lap 3 and thereafter dicing for the lead with Kneen and Michael Dunlop. For the show, Guinness World Records created a new record, Highest speed on a Wall of Death, and set an initial qualifying benchmark of 60 mph in one of two attempts. On 18 September 2016, Martin had hoped to complete a required 300 mph trial run before attempting to set a new world record. Using Victorian methods, he also lays some track, forges a coal shovel out of wrought iron, and repairs a 100-year-old train driver's pocket watch. [4], The wider media have picked up on his views, interests, reluctance to be famous and "simple" lifestyle,[4][10] leading to descriptions of Martin as a "working-class hero". TT 2007 was also a great year with McGuinness taking wins in the Superbike TT and the Senior TT with lap and race records in both, the Senior lap record of 17:21.99 averaging 130.354 mph not only the outright lap record but the first to break the 130 mph barrier. He also placed fourth and fifth in the equally close Superstock and Supersport races. Guy Martin turned down Top Gear because he isn’t a Rockstar. [60] He wants to go fast and get near death, while also walking away. [60], He has never wanted to race motorbikes full-time, believing he would get sick of the sight of them,[17] and liking the ability of being able to point to his amateur status to professionals, as both an excuse when he loses and a way to gloat when he wins. [24], It was hoped that Martin would be participating at the Southern 100 motorcycle races, defending his solo title and increasing the event's profile. The Greatest Race on Earth. Website: http://www.guymartinracing.co.uk/, If you would like to contact us about this database entry please email [17] Describing it as "like an ingrained, default setting",[10] he prioritises his mechanic job over other work, even cancelling complicated film shoots at short notice if needed. Martin has two sisters and a brother. Records. [1] He has broken his back twice in racing accidents,[4] in the 2010 TT and the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix. Paddock tittle-tattle and unfounded hear-say".[68]. Since in-flight cockpit access is only granted to Vulcan crew, he also flies alongside it in a formation with other aircraft. [74], Martin was introduced to his factory BMW S1000RR Superbike during a day's testing at Kirkistown on 7 May, in preparation for the team's campaign at the Vauxhall International North West 200 for the opening practice session on 12 May. 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