HONDA BOSS WAS A MAN ON A MIS­SION

Near-neigh­bour Tux­worth talked Guy out of re­tire­ment

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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

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