He’s the guy, the Guy to entertain you
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.