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Running on Fumes

Guy Martin Isle of Man TT Video

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Guy Martin is one of the more entertaining characters on the road racing scene. The Wilson Craig Honda rider stands out with his trademark muttonchops, and his frenetic energy. When we first saw Martin in person at the North West 200, he bounced around the garage rummaging through tool drawers for parts, meticulously checking his racebikes, and even making tea for his wrenchers. Basically, doing anything but standing still, which makes sense for a guy who rides around on public roads at 200+mph.
Wilson Craig Honda rider Guy Martin - 2010 Isle of Man TT
Wilson Craig Honda rider Guy Martin in action at the 2010 Isle of Man TT.

While undoubtedly one of the fastest road racing stars out there, Martin has yet to claim a win at either the NW200 or the Isle of Man. It is one of those tags that gets heavier with every passing year. What makes Martin’s hunt for that first TT win all more riveting is how close he has come, on multiple occasions. There are plenty of podiums and second-place finishes, as well as retirements while running a lead and other controversy.

This year was more of the same when in the IOM Superbike TT a 30-second pit lane speed limit penalty would push Martin back from second to his eventual fourth-place result. Even more heartbreaking was Wednesday’s Supersport 1 TT, where Martin ran down the dominating Ian Hutchinson on the final lap but was a mere three seconds short. That final lap saw Martin turn a record-breaking 126.555mph time, but even that feat was dashed away seconds later when Keith Amor upped the record with a 126.909mph lap of his own.

Hard luck finds Martin, it seems, but don’t be surprised if Martin finds his way up to the top of that rostrum in the final Supersport and Senior TTs.

Check out Martin at speed during the Supersport 1 Race in the video below:


Martin’s Lincolnshire accent is near indecipherable, but entertaining to interpret (at least to our slow-talking American speech receptors!). Check out his take on the Supersport 1 TT in the post race press conference: 

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