He’s the guy, the Guy to en­ter­tain you

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment - Gareth Ashman, 01733-468118

It was great to see the mod­ern day gladiators do­ing bat­tle in the Mo­togp am­phithe­atre again at the week­end. While the Mo­togp race never quite lived up to my de­sire for an epic bat­tle, it’s still hard to be unim­pressed by Lorenzo’s serene mas­ter­class.

More en­ter­tain­ing was the race-long bat­tle in Moto3 that saw one of the clos­est fin­ish­line du­els we’re ever likely to wit­ness, with An­tonelli pip­ping Binder by just 0.007 of a se­cond to take the win from the chas­ing pack. Moto2 was al­most equally gob-smack­ing, if only be­cause of the in­con­sis­tency of race di­rec­tion in iden­ti­fy­ing and pe­nal­is­ing those who got a bit trig­ger-happy with the clutch lever off the line. Bet­ter luck next time Sam – that could have been race one glory if a lit­tle bit of luck had been on your side.

But when it comes to tales of der­ring-do, there will be very few events tak­ing place in 2016 that are likely to trump Guy Martin’s lat­est act of lu­nacy.

With many of his on­screen record at­tempts and stunts hav­ing been con­spic­u­ous for their lack of mo­tor­cy­cles, it’s good to see him back on two wheels (with an en­gine) for Mon­day’s Wall of Death world record at­tempt, which will be aired live on Chan­nel 4 at 7:15pm.

It’s a bold stunt. And while there have been nu­mer­ous walls built over the years to vary­ing scales of height and di­am­e­ter, this one is re­puted to be the largest ever con­structed. It looks ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble, too.

But it’s not the scale in it­self that’s leav­ing me a lit­tle agog – it’s the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of that scale. The big­ger the wall, the faster you need to go in or­der to defy the ef­fects of grav­ity and pin your­self to it. In this case that means Guy will need to be get­ting a shift on to 55mph be­fore he can risk try­ing to edge up off the bev­elled ramps that tran­si­tion from the flat ground onto to the ver­ti­cal wall.

Re­al­is­ti­cally he’ll only start to feel prop­erly se­cure at about 60mph, the speed he needs to hit for the record. But the ru­mour is that he’ll then push on to try and hit 80mph – at which point his race-bat­tered body will be suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of around 6.5G pulling the blood to his feet, and risk­ing the chance of black­ing out on the wall. It’s a mas­sive stunt. Tune in, you’d be mad to miss it.

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