EEK ‘Of course I want to bloody win’
Honda have won 256 TTS and Guy Martin feels that joining the Neil Tuxworth team will give him his best chance of finally securing the Superbike or Senior TT win that has eluded him for over a decade.
“This isn’t a PR exercise,” he said. “I want to bloody win and if I didn’t have a chance of winning I wouldn’t be there.
“I’m going there to win not to dawdle around and make the numbers up. It’s alright winning Superstock and Supersport races and all that but Honda are the best chance of winning a big race.”
Guy says Neil Tuxworth’s assurance he would be able to go back to the TT and just concentrate on racing has convinced him to go back.
“Neil said that I can go and just concentrate on the job,” he says. “I will have to dedicate my life to it. I’ve not been willing to do that before because I wanted to go ride to China or whatever.”
He still insists he is going to do some things his own way though.
“I’m going to be committed but I’m not going to do the stereotypical bike racer thing of getting up on a Monday and going to the gym,” he said. “I’m riding because I just bloody love riding.
“I’m probably fitter now than I’ve ever been but being fit for the Tour Divide doesn’t make you fit for racing a motorbike, and that’s why I’ve been beach racing and flattracking a lot. The only way you can get fit for riding motorbikes is by riding motorbikes.”
Guy will have to race at other events to qualify for his TT licence which requires him to compete in at least six events prior to the TT although he is not convinced by the recent trend of road racers like Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop getting up to speed by racing in British championship events.
“We’ve talked about British championship racing, but I found that when I did World Endurance for a few years it was a big job swapping from Dunlops to Metzeler. If I went to Superstock or BSB I’d have to change tyres.”
He also doesn’t feel like he has fallen behind riders like Hutchy and Michael Dunlop. “I’m still the sixth fastest TT racer ever and that’s with missing a year with good weather,” he smiled.
Guy’s TV work has been blamed for interfering with his racing in the past, but he insists that won’t be the case in 2017.
“I’m here to do a job and it’s a distraction I don’t need. We might do a bit of filming later in the year, but there’ll be nowt at the TT.
“Now that I’ve taken the money I have to take it seriously so I’ve applied my work mentality to my racing, and hopefully we can go and win a TT.”
‘I’m going there to win not to dawdle about making up the numbers’