What’s Guy Martin’s next move in pure road racing?
It’s a question that’s been asked by many of us, the worldwide popular rider has this year enjoyed another highly productive season, scoring victories at Spring cup, Cookstown 100, Southern 100 and Armoy Road Races.
His season ended at the Ulster Grand Prix, following a high speed incident in Dundrod 150 superbike race, when in race lead.
Questions have arisen in recent week’s as to whether Guy will be competing at TT 2016. His current record at TT Races includes been fourth fastest rider in TT history plus recording 16 podium finishes.
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With 2014 lightweight TT winner Dean Harrison linked to Tyco BMW, TT 2015 could well have marked Guy’s last TT Races with TAS Racing.
Since joining the team under the guise of Relentless Suzuki by TAS, the eight times Steve Henshaw international gold cup winner, has enjoyed many a top class moment with the highly touted outfit.
Which includes second place finishes in 2011 senior TT and 2014 superbike TT, hat trick of Southern 100 solo championship successes, feature Ulster Grand Prix superbike victories in 2012 and 2013.
In my opinion it could prove the right move for both Guy and Tyco BMW, if they part company.
TAS Racing have not won at TT Races since Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey’s superbike, superstock, supersport wins during TT 2008.
TT 2016 will mark eight years since TAS Racing where last victorious at the most iconic of all road races.
The team needs proven TT winners, proven performers on the mountain course. Not saying Guy has’nt excelled at TT Races, but the fact remains he has not yet in his pure road racing career to date, become an Isle of Man TT winner.
Having already signed 11 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson, running the highly rated Dean Harrison alongside the current Joey Dunlop championship winner, would give Tyco BMW, an eye catching line up for TT 2016.
Running Guy alongside Hutchy would also mark an all star line up, but the possibility of this appears 50/50 at this moment in time.
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Tyco BMW are keen to work with Guy next year, but could a move to Honda machinery, be a possibility.
It’s appearing to be, if Guy does compete next year at TT Races, Tyco BMW are still at present favourites to run him, but if they don’t he’s likely to be Honda mounted for superbike and senior races.
Ever since he made his pure road racing debut at Oliver’s Mount during Cock Of The North Road Races in 2002, Guy Martin has gone onto become much, much more than just a top quality pure road racer.
He’s become a film star thanks to TT 3D closer to the edge, one of the most recognised faces in motorcycling, a world record holder, Pikes Peak winner and star of TV programs such as the boat that Guy built, how Britain worked, speed with Guy Martin.
At this moment in time, would Guy Martin be considered an all time great in pure road racing.
In my opinion Guy has been highly successful with 19 international road race victories, but I don’t regard him as one of the best ever pure road racers.
Reason for this is despite been an undoubted maestro around Dundrod home of the Ulster Grand Prix, Guy has not yet become a TT, North West 200 or Macau Grand Prix winner.
For me Guy’s biggest contribution to pure road racing, has been raising the popularity of the sport.
He’s become a household name, millions of people worldwide know his name.
So what are his racing plans for 2016? as Guy stated recently in a video on You Tube, “It’s Happening”, what does this mean new challenges, a downhill mountain bike race that clashes with the senior TT? anything’s a possibility.