Guy can still be good for bik­ing

MCN - - This Week In MCN - ANDY CAL­TON

“It’s Guy from Lin­colnshire” has barely reg­is­tered in my right lug­hole, as the bloke who’s just called me starts to ex­plain, in de­tail – and very quickly – how re­new­able en­ergy still only ac­counts for 9% of global sup­ply.. Guy Martin is not your ar­che­typal mo­tor­cy­cle racer. Guy Martin is not your ar­che­typal any­thing. He’s a one-off. He didn’t break the mould – there was no mould! And while news (ex­clu­sively re­vealed to MCN, see page 24) of his in­ten­tion to re­tire from in­ter­na­tional road rac­ing will be met with sad­ness in some quar­ters and cy­ci­cism in oth­ers, I just hope he con­tin­ues to spread the word about how great mo­tor­cy­cling is. Set­ting aside his vast suc­cess at many dif­fer­ent road races, and his 17 TT podi­ums, what we re­ally should be re­flect­ing on is the in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive mes­sage he has con­tin­u­ally preached about mo­tor­cy­cling to those who don’t know one end of a bike from the other. He has reached be­yond the con­verted. And that’s not been done by a Bri­tish racer since Barry Sheene. Let’s hope he con­tin­ues to at­tempt two-wheeled speed records and other mad bik­ing stunts to keep mo­to­rycling in the public eye – in his usual pos­i­tive, proac­tive and en­ter­tain­ing way.

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