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A lot will be said about Guy Martin re­turn­ing to the TT this year. And while the fast-talk­ing, fast-think­ing and fast-rid­ing Martin may shud­der at the thought of all the pub­lic­ity his re­turn to rac­ing will garner, he’s made a de­ci­sion that’s right for him. Of that you can be sure.

He has claimed pre­vi­ously that if he walks away from the TT, he will do so with noth­ing left to prove. And yet, he quite clearly feels he has un­fin­ished busi­ness on the is­land.

He also stated (in MCN fun­nily enough) at the end of Novem­ber that if he does re­turn to the TT he’d be ‘ to­tally ded­i­cated to it’ and ‘ in it to win it’.

His lack of pre-tt bike time and fo­cus has been ques­tioned in the past, but Honda team boss Neil Tux­worth will have agreed a test­ing pro­gramme and will have laid down the law about any more dis­tract­ing TV work.

Guy Martin has brought a lot to bike rac­ing. His quick wit, un­pre­dictable na­ture and un­will­ing­ness to toe the line have en­deared to him to peo­ple well be­yond mo­tor­cy­cling. And that can only be a good thing.

A fo­cused, bike-fit Guy with the might of Honda and a new Fire­blade be­hind him, will be a force to be reck­oned with. Re­turn­ing to the TT is a brave de­ci­sion. But brave is one thing Guy Martin has al­ways been. ANDY CAL­TON

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