Guy Martin will go in search of his first Isle of Man TT victory with Tyco Suzuki after committing for a second successive campaign with the TAS squad. The popular Lincolnshire man claimed four podium finishes at last year's event and will join Conor Cummins on a pair of GSX-R Suzukis.
Martin will also race in the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix and feels the team has everything in place to challenge for victories.
“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 colours. 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.”
Tyco Suzuki team manager Philip Neill is delighted to have completed the signing of the 30 year old and feels comfortable that his rider line-up has what it takes to be successful on the roads this year.
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.”
“He's a hard man to pin down with such a busy schedule, but Guy proved last year that he has all the ingredients required to go all out for that TT win in June. It's eluded him so far, but we'll go all out together to make it happen.”
“He's not just the most popular rider in the UK these days, 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.”
Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Manager with the Isle of Man Government, expects Tyco Suzuki to be one of the most popular squads at this year's event.
“It's always exciting for the fans, and the organisers, to see strong riders sign up for the leading teams and the Tyco Suzuki outfit will attract huge interest with both of their riders. Although neither has yet won a TT Race they both have gone very close and with a bit of luck either could already have stood on the top step on the TT podium. They'll both have plenty of support at this year's event and will definitely be one of the teams to beat.”