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Martin stays at Hydrex, no BSB.

Guy Martin has confirmed that, despite previous announcing a move to Rob Mac Racing, he will remain with Hydrex Honda for the 2009 season – but won't race in BSB.

"Next year is all sorted, I'm on Yamaha with Rob McElnea," Martin wrote on his official website in late September.

However, the 27-year old will now stay with Shaun Muir's squad for a third successive season, with his focus firmly on the Isle of Man TT Races.

"I said all along that I didn't want to leave Shaun as he's far and away the best person I've ever worked with and I have so much respect for him but I just felt that certain factors needed to change," said Martin. "I was possibly a bit hasty when I said I was going to leave the team but Shaun never wanted me to go and he's done everything to give me the set-up I wanted. I told him exactly what I wanted for 2009 and he has given me just that so there can be no excuses now!"

Martin, described as being 'never at ease in the highly corporate world of BSB', will contest a couple of early British Supersport rounds before taking in the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT Races.

After the TT, where he hopes to clinch that elusive win, he will revert back to his old stamping ground with selected outings in the Irish National road races prior to the Ulster Grand Prix.

In addition, Martin has pencilled in the Cock o' the North and Gold Cup meetings at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough along with the Southern 100 and Macau Grand Prix, where he will be aiming to put the disappointment of the last two seasons behind him.

The new deal will again see Guy have a full compliment of Superbike, Supersport and Superstock machinery and also have his own personal team of mechanics to support him at the road races.

"I've got the bikes, mechanics and race schedule that will suit me down to the ground and whilst it's a shame to leave BSB, I don't think it's the be all and end all that everyone thinks it is and I firmly believe that the meetings I'll take in during 2009 will be more beneficial for me," he declared.

"Everything is geared towards the TT and the planning starts now so that's why I've decided to plan the year accordingly and pick the meetings that I want to do and ones that will keep the smile on my face. As well as the International road races, I'm looking at contesting two Scarborough meetings and selected Irish National road races, namely Skerries, Kells and Mid Antrim whilst the Southern 100 was at the top of the 'to do' list.

"This is exactly the deal I was looking for and Shaun has given me everything so now it's time to deliver the goods and nail that first TT win," he concluded.

Martin finished 18th in the 2008 BSB standings with a best race finish of ninth. Karl Harris looks set to join Martin at Hydrex, with 2008 team leader James Ellison having moved to GSE Yamaha.

Martin will take part in pre-season testing at Guadix and Almeria in late February.


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151 - Unregistered

November 29, 2008 9:40 AM

Who are we to tell him how to live his life? You only live once, so best to do what you really want to do. If the roads are what makes Guy tick then that's what's best for him. Of course he knows the risk, just like Joey, DJ, and the rest, but when your time's up, it's up. Respect him for ploughing his own furrow in life - you don't see that too often these days. Good luck Guy.

Guidor - Unregistered

November 29, 2008 12:09 AM

I worry that someone is trying to get a message through to Guy about the TT....he's had so much bad luck, but not the ultimate bad luck... If he pins all his career aspirations on winning a TT race and keeps talking himself up, I fear that he'll pay the ultimate price. I hope to god not as he's obviously a top bloke, but I think he's overdone imself 2 years on the trot at Macau and if that isn't a warning I don't know what is....



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