Medical advice has forced Guy Martin to put his return to racing on hold.
Just days after his massive fiery crash during the Senior race at the 2010 Isle of Man TT, which left him with broken bones in his back, leg and chest injuries, the 29-year-old announced plans to be back on track at the Southern 100 Road Races, which start on July 12.
It was an ambitious schedule, giving him less than a month to get back to full fitness, but he was determined to defend the Solo championship title he claimed at the 4.25-mile road circuit in the south of the Isle of Man last year.
As part of his preparations, the Kirmington rider also announced plans to take part in one of the Hill Climb challenges at Oliver's Mount, being held as part of Scarborough bike week.
However, Martin was unable to attend the Scarborough event and has now confirmed he has been forced to withdraw from the Southern 100.
“I'm gutted that I can't compete at Billown and attempt to regain my Solo Championship title I won last year. However the medical people have advised me to wait a bit longer to let my injuries heal 100% and I have, for once gone along with their advice.”
“But for sure I will be back again next year, as eager as ever to lift the Southern 100 Solo Championship, at the best meeting of the year.”
Race Secretary George Peach echoed Martin's disappointment saying:
“I, like everyone else involved with the Southern 100, was looking forward to seeing Guy in action again at Billown, especially so after his spill in the Senior TT, but would rather wait 12 months for him to be fully fit, than to risk possibly harming himself by coming back too early.”
“Even with the loss of Guy, the quality and depth of the entry at next week's 55th Southern 100 the racing will be as close and as exciting as ever.”
This year's Southern 100 will welcome back Cameron Donald, the Relentless by TAS Suzuki racer making his first appearance at the Billown course since his debut in 2006.
Martin's return to racing now looks likely to be at the Ulster Grand Prix.