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Just days after his fiery TT crash Guy Martin announces racing return

Popular road racer Guy Martin has revealed he plans to return to racing in July, just a month after his high-speed smash in the TT
Still recuperating form injuries suffered in a fiery crash at the 2010 Isle of Man TT, road racing star Guy Martin has revealed plans to return to the track next month.

Lincolnshire's Martin - recently the subject of a scathing attack by PTR boss Simon Buckmaster - was battling for the lead in the blue riband Senior TT on June 11 when, heading into the third of six laps, he crashed at the fast right hander known as Ballagarey – scene of Paul Dobbs' fatal crash the day before.

Martin's Wilson Craig Honda Superbike smashed into safety barriers and burst into flames, brining out the red flag so a fire engine could attend. There were fears for the 29-year-old's safety in the immediate aftermath of the smash, and he was airlifted to hospital.

Happily, word soon came through Martin had remained conscious throughout, had spoken with medics throughout his treatment and was suffering from comparatively minor injuries, including bruised lungs and small fractures in his upper spine.

He was discharged from the Isle of Man's Noble's Hospital within days and returned home vowing to return to racing as soon as possible.

Now Martin has confirmed plans to make his competitive return to the roads during the 2010 Steam Packet Southern 100 International Road Races, held around the 4.25-mile circuit in the south of the Isle of Man.

Martin is the reigning Solo champion and is determined to defend his hard-earned title.

The Southern 100, which runs from July 12 to 15, promises some fabulous racing, with road racing veteran Ian Lougher, five times a solo champion at the event, and Ryan Farquhar champion in 2003, also lining up.

William Dunlop, who took three wins racing at Billown during the Manx
Telecom Post TT Races, is also on the entry list, along with Bush road race winners Davy Morgan and John Burrow. Also featured will be Roy Richardson, Barry Davidson, Adrian McFarland, Nigel Moore, Michael Dunlop, Chris Palmer, Steve Mercer, Phil Harvey, Dan Sayle along with fast-learning newcomers' Czech Michal
Dokoupil, Ulstermen Michael Pearson and Wayne Hamilton.

The 2009 Sidecar Champions Ian and Carl Bell are aiming to retain the title, father Ian for the fourth time, having also previously taken the sidecar championship crowns in 1999 and 2000, and son Carl for the second time.

Ian Bell also won the Solo Championship in 1987.

Klaus Klaffenböck and Dan Sayle, who won both Sidecar races at the 2010 TT, also return to the Billown Course hoping to add the Petrochem Carless Sidecar Championship to their CVs.

The impressive sidecar entry continues with with previous winning crew Roy Hanks/Dave Wells alongside Simon Neary/Paul Knapton, Greg Lambert/Jason Slous, Gary Bryan/Gary Partridge, Wayne Lockey/Dave Brown, Brian Kelly/ Dicky Gale and Glyn Jones/Jason.

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Guy Martin photographed just minutes before the Senior Race at the 2010 Isle of Man TT, which would end in a fiery crash for the popular road racing star
TT 2010, Guy Martin,
Guy Martin prepares for the Senior TT, in which he would crash heavily on lap 3, bringing out the red flag during the 2010 Isle of Man TT blue riband race
Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade.
John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar will again compete at the Classic TT on Paton machinery for Roger Winfield
William Dunlop will ride for the Davies Motorsport Team at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
Steve Plater with Bruce Charman of Prime Factors
William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin celebrates winning the Solo Championship race with Dan Kneen andIvan Lintin
Guy Martin at the Southern 100
Guy Martin, BMW, [Credit: BMW]
Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Senior Race podium at the Southern 100
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT

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June 22, 2010 9:29 AM

Guy has built up quite a following in the last few years, thanks to his un PC comments, love of tea, website and regular magazine contributions. However, his tantrum this year didn't portray him in the best light... Yes, it was a harsh penalty for a minor speeding infringement but none-the-less he was over the limit. I thought Guy was the type of bloke to shrug his shoulders and take it on the chin, but instead he threw a massive wobbly. Just not what I'd imagine from the laid back Guy Martin? Fair play to him though- still the people's favourite 'nearly man'.

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