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.