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Guy Martin: I'm not doing the TT next year

Guy Martin has claimed in his new book that he will miss the 2016 Isle of Man TT to participate in a mountain bike race in America instead.
Road racing star Guy Martin is set to miss next year's Isle of Man TT to compete in a gruelling mountain bike event in North America.

Martin has long hinted that he would sit out the iconic race in 2016 to participate in the Tour Divide time trial, which clashes with the TT.

And in his latest autobiography, When You Dead, You Dead, the 33-year-old confirms that he will tackle the mountain bike event instead.

Martin also plans to skip the North West 200, where he made the headlines in May this year after launching a scathing attack on the circuit, slamming the number of man-made chicanes and labelling the course 'boring'.

In his new book, Martin says he hopes to reach an agreement with Northern Ireland's Tyco BMW team allowing him to compete at selected races next year such as the Southern 100 and Ulster Grand Prix.

“I'm hoping to sort it with TAS that I can do all the races I normally do except the North West and TT,” he said.

“I want to enter the Tour Divide then maybe go back to the TT the year after.”

On the North West 200, he added: “I left Northern Ireland thinking, I'm not going back to the North West.”

Martin broke his back in a crash in the Dundrod 150 Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix in August and hasn't raced since.

Earlier this month, Ian Hutchinson was revealed as a new signing for Tyco BMW, taking over the vacancy left by William Dunlop in the team for the international road races.

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November 07, 2015 2:51 PM

F0ul: Doubt we'll see Guy Martin at any big races again. Think that last crash really scared him - and it would anyone. He has always said he preferred the smaller races, and this would be a good way out, without losing his street cred!
Anyone who can walk out of hospital and return to work a week after an "epic get off" like that will never loose their "street cred" It's just common sense, there comes a time when you realize that you just can't keep getting away with it and while you are still able and in one piece, giving up has to be considered and any motorcycle racing fan would accept that without question or criticism.

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