Although Guy Martin refused from competing in six lap Senior TT category, he did get down into one lap TT Zero race.
It sounds strange when a great racer suddenly announces his non-willingness to compete on the track but this strange sight was witnessed when Guy Martin took his hands off the competition saying he would not race in Senior TT category of Isle of Man TT competition. His counterpart, John McGuinness, as well, wasn’t available at the race venue due to injury sustained at the North West 200. Resultanly, Honda team did not participated nn the Senior TT category.
A top official of the team confirmed the gloomy news right before the race when he said that it is dissappointing but they should not race when with insufficient practise. That said, it has been reported that Guy Martin had been practising astride the Honda CBR 1000 Fireblade SP but couldn’t manage to get well with the bike and lost the confidence to get down in the six lap long race. However, Guy rode in the one lap TT Zero race on the Mugen machine.
Speaking on the depressing decision, Guy Martin said, “I came back to the TT this year to race and try and win with Honda Racing. I’ve done loads of testing and the team have been flat out, before we got here and at the event. But we’re not doing the times needed to be competitive here, we need more time to set up the bike and doing six laps will not achieve what we set out to do and I’ve always reckoned this is not the place to be out riding just to make up the numbers, so as a team we agreed it wasn’t right competing in the Senior TT.”
May be Guy Martin’s decision was right owing to the string of deaths recently being reported on the Isle of Man track.