Guy Martin signs with new team for TT
Celebrity truck fitter Guy Martin is back in the saddle, having just signed a deal with Honda Racing and he now has his sights set firmly on winning the Isle of Man TT.
Ending months of speculation, Martin told Commercial Motor ahead of the official announcement that he's going to have a break from TV, and will instead immerse himself in road racing.
"I have some unfinished business in the world of motorbikes," he said.
Martin said he'd be taking his commitment to Honda Racing seriously, and will devote far more time to practising than in previous years.
"Racing has always been on the side, but not any more", he said. "This is an unfinished chapter in my life. I'm going back to my roots. I want to win the TT."
Martin admited that an added benefit to getting back into racing is that it could well prolong his life.
"I've been riding on the road like a wanker," he admited. "And if I don't go back to racing they'll be scraping my testicles and intestines off the motorway."
Another bonus to having a break from TV presenting is that he'll have more time for his day job.
"First and foremost I'm a truck fitter, and always will be," said Martin, who works for Grimsby-based independent Scania dealer Moody International.
"This is the job I love, and this is the job I'll still be doing when I'm 60. I get up at 5.30am every morning and head into work, and still love every minute of it. I'm never happier than when I'm rebuilding an engine."
Martin will ride the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 at a pre-season test in Spain in March as well as further testing at Castle Combe. His first race will be at May's North West 200 and he is due to compete with the new team at the Southern 100 and Ulster Grand Prix .
• Martin, who last month purchased an Italian-spec 1995 Scania 143M, is hoping to bring it to the Convoy in the Park truck show, held at Donington Park on July 22-23.