Toby Mar­tyn


Liv­ing in the north of the coun­try makes ac­cess to mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als and com­pe­ti­tions a pretty easy task to ac­com­plish, with many good events and train­ing ar­eas on your doorstep. For any par­ents who have young rid­ers in­volved in tri­als it takes a mas­sive com­mit­ment to travel the length and breadth of the coun­try to com­pete and gain ex­pe­ri­ence. Toby Mar­tyn is one of a new breed of young talent hit­ting the tri­als scene with the sup­port of his fam­ily, who are pre­pared to make the long jour­neys from their home base in St Agnes in Corn­wall to de­velop the talent that they be­lieve he has.

As with many young rid­ers Toby Mar­tyn’s in­tro­duc­tion to the two-wheeled sport of mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als started at the ten­der age of six on one of the ‘twist and go’ Yamaha PW50 ma­chines. He pro­gressed to the au­to­matic Gas Gas 50cc and proved his worth when he won his first Bri­tish cham­pi­onship, tak­ing the honours in the Youth D class back in 2008. He never won an event out­right that year but con­sis­tent fin­ishes gave him the crown.

He then pro­gressed through the C class on the Beta 80cc ma­chines be­fore mov­ing to the 125cc Beta and the B class. Along the way he has had some ex­cel­lent re­sults and feels he is ready for the B class chal­lenge this year. He has also shown his worth in the ex­cel­lent YMSA tri­als run by the su­per en­thu­si­as­tic Barry Bur­ton and his team in Der­byshire. Toby con­sid­ers this type of event key to his fu­ture due to the vari­a­tion of the ter­rain, which cov­ers many el­e­ments in­clud­ing mud and rocks.

Also in­cluded in his 2014 plans are trips to Wales, to com­pete in their cham­pi­onship on a no-awards ba­sis to fur­ther his ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Mar­tyn fam­ily live within view of the fa­mous Blue Hills haz­ards found in the Lon­don to Land’s End road-based event and lo­cally he has his own home-made prac­tice ground. His fa­ther was very for­tu­nate that a lo­cal build­ing site gave the fam­ily lit­er­ally tons of soil to help build the ‘back gar­den’ prac­tice area. Ex Bri­tish cham­pi­onship rider Ja­son Lawer do­nated some mas­sive gran­ite rocks to fin­ish off the project, which af­fords Toby the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise when­ever he likes.

Dur­ing the sum­mer months you will find him across the road rid­ing on one of his favourite ar­eas near the cliffs.


Rid­ing a tri­als mo­tor­cy­cle has not taken over his life com­pletely, as he has many in­ter­ests away from the two-wheeled sport. He plays cricket with a lo­cal team, but liv­ing near the coast and all that wa­ter also brings its own in­ter­ests.

Toby is train­ing to be a life­guard and spends as many Mon­day evenings as pos­si­ble down at the lo­cal surf club. Not one to rest though he also en­joys downhill moun­tain bik­ing, ski­ing and snow­board­ing. As with any young per­son you have to en­joy your younger days and it’s the di­ver­sity of these other hob­bies that make him so keen to com­pete when he rides in tri­als com­pe­ti­tions.

The road trips are very long days, to say the least, which can in­clude eight-hour jour­neys just to re­turn home on Sun­day evenings; his fa­ther Tim be­lieves they cov­ered over 20,000 miles in 2013 just trav­el­ling to and from events!

Robin Martin helps to sup­port him as much as pos­si­ble through his RCM tri­als deal­er­ship, but the re­sults lie firmly in the hands of Toby Mar­tyn, a young man com­mit­ted to try­ing to reach the top in the sport of tri­als.

Youth D Class Bri­tish Cham­pion 2008

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