HONDA BOSS WAS A MAN ON A MISSION
Near-neighbour Tuxworth talked Guy out of retirement
Honda Racing’s Neil Tuxworth has been a man on a mission to bring Guy Martin back to the TT in 2017. The veteran race boss says the deal with Guy was ‘an agreement between Lincolnshire men’.
“Guy only lives 20 minutes away from me and I used to race against his Dad, Ian,” he explained.
“I asked Guy if he had thought about coming back to racing about three months ago. We had a few chats and we’ve found a way to make it work.
“We looked at a list of the fastest TT riders and obviously Guy’s name was right up there on that list,” he says.
“We can offer Guy the best opportunity to win a TT and he says that is the one thing that he still wants to do. Such an opportunity may not come along again.”
In return the Japanese company hope to benefit from the huge exposure Guy’s race appearances on their new Fireblade will attract.
“I think this will cause some interest,” Tuxworth says with characteristic understatement.
“Guy is very popular. After Valentino Rossi he is probably the best known bike racer in the world and he appeals to a huge audience outside the sport.”
The Honda boss is adamant Guy will receive no preferential treatment over his 23-times Tt-winning team-mate, John Mcguinness.
“2017 isn’t just about Guy for Honda, it is about John and Guy,” he said. “I think Guy will work well with John. They are both characters and Guy certainly won’t overshadow the most successful TT rider alive today. It is great to have him on board the new bike but both riders will get 100% support from us.”
Neil Tuxworth has lured Guy back