Guy Martin will return for 2012 with the TAS Racing team, this time running under the Tyco Suzuki banner.
The Tyco Suzuki squad will be a popular road racing squad at the 2012 Isle of Man TT. The Northern Island-based team has resigned its prized 2011 acquisition, Guy Martin, to another year flogging the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R600 on the famous Isle of Man, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix circuits. Martin will team with Manxman Conor Cummins in 2012.
While Martin remains winless at the TT, the popular rider has claimed 13 career podiums at the Isle. Following a 2010 season that literally ended in flames after a spectacular crash in the Senior TT, Martin returned strong in 2011 (his first with the TAS Suzuki team ) with a four-podium TT performance.
In IOM TT press announcement Martin said of his deal with Suzuki: “It’s taken a while, but it was always on the cards. I’m happy to be back with the team for a second year and I love the new Tyco Suzuki colors. Great job. I couldn’t knock last year to be honest; the only thing we didn’t do was win a TT, but hopefully we’ll put that right in June. That’s the box we want to tick. The North West and Ulster are great events but it’s a TT win I really want. The team is good enough, the bikes are good enough and I believe the rider is good enough, so it’s time to go out and bloody win one.”
Though Martin’s signing was expected, the delay following news of the team’s deal with Cummins generated some speculation.
“After all the speculation it’s nice to finally be able to officially announce that Guy Martin will continue to race for TAS in 2012, in the new Tyco Suzuki livery,” said team manager Philip Neill. “I think we both knew that it was going to happen. We made a verbal agreement to each other last August at the Ulster Grand Prix, but all the speculation has brought great publicity for our sponsors, the team and Suzuki, which is great. But I suppose when Guy gets out of bed these days he gets media coverage.”
A bona fide celebrity in the UK, Martin starred in the recent road racing movie TT: Closer to the Edge. His outspokenness and quirky character have generated controversy and a loyal fan base.
“He’s not just the most popular rider in the UK these days,” continued Neill, “but also very popular outside the sport, which is good for motorcycling in general. Everyone at TAS, Suzuki, Tyco and existing sponsors like Ian Glen from Beacon are delighted to see him stay for a second year. And with Conor on-board and now Guy I think we have strong team looking ahead to the three international meetings.”
Martin teams with Cummins, another popular favorite at the TT as a local Manx rider. The Tyco Suzuki team, which also contests the British Superbike Series, will support a third rider at the North West 200 – the reigning British Supersport Champion Alastair Seeley. The Irishman is a four-time NW200 winner.