Guy Martin will make a sensational return to road racing this season after signing a deal with Honda that will see him compete at the Isle of Man TT.
Martin will race in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races, as he looks to add to his 16 podiums and chase his elusive maiden TT victory.
The road racing veteran, and hugely popular TV star, will compete on the brand-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
Martin hasn’t raced since his crash during the Dundrod 150 Superbike race in 2015, spending 2016 pursuing other interests, namely the 2,745 mile Tour Divide across America and his Land Speed World Record attempt.
On his return, Martin said: “Neil [Tuxworth] has been talking to me for a while about joining the team, but I had a lot of thinking to do before I committed and said yes. I spent a lot of time on my pushbike to and from work, thinking about what to do.
“I didn’t want to grow old regretting not giving the Honda a go, and the more time passes since making the decision, the more I’ve thought it is the right decision. Honda is a great team and the Fireblade has always been a weapon on the roads, so with the new bike, I‘m keen to give it a go. We’ve got a busy testing schedule coming up and I’ve put some other stuff off to make time.”
The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade that is the most successful 1000cc machine ever at the TT and Honda aims to add to its remarkable record with the new SP2 version, which it has described as the ultimate expression of the Fireblade’s Next Stage Total Control concept.
Martin will be joined at the Honda team by twenty-three time TT race winner John McGuinness, who will be aiming to recapture his lap record which was broken during last year’s race.