Pulling out of the TT ‘There was a rea­son I didn’t race’

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“I’ve no re­grets about how the TT turned out, even com­ing back on the ferry. Why should I re­gret it? If I had come off at Do­rans Bend and I was dead or I’d broke all my bits and bobs, maybe. But I got away with it. I’ve been warned enough.

“There was a rea­son I didn’t race. I did one lap, two days be­fore the Se­nior. We’d tried the Cos­worth-tuned en­gine to be­gin with and then the Su­per­stock en­gine, but for this one lap of prac­tice we put the BSB en­gine in, which was sort of a mid­dle­ground. I was halfway through the lap and think­ing, ‘This is the best that this bike has been, I’m go­ing to race it.’ But com­ing out of Windy Cor­ner to­wards the 33rd, I saw a bit of low cloud and I thought, ‘I’ll just roll off here.’ And as I shut off I had a huge slide, I had my feet down and all that. How I saved it, I don’t know – more luck then judge­ment. It was high in fifth gear.

“Then I re­alised it wasn’t low cloud, but oil mist. I man­aged to get round the next left-han­der and at Kep­pel Gate I was shout­ing and scream­ing at the mar­shals to get some flags out be­fore some­one killed them­self . So, I pulled away to tour back and saw what looked like a plane crash – there were bikes ev­ery­where, about 20 of them in­volved [this was the crash that sadly claimed Alan Bon­ner – MCN]. I thought, ‘You know what? I’m not go­ing to ride in the Se­nior.’”

Martin at the start of the Su­per­bike TT. His only TT on the Blade

The Fire­blade has been a hand­ful Mcguin­ness was on hand for ad­vice Pen­sive Guy had a tough 2017 TT

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