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Road Racer of the Year 2015 - 6th: Guy Martin

You place Guy Martin sixth in our Road Racer of the Year poll...
6th – Guy Martin
Average poll score out of ten: 6.2
Team: Tyco BMW
NW200 wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Isle of Man TT wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Ulster Grand Prix wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Macau Grand Prix: N/A

Fans' favourite Guy Martin had the most low-key season of his career in recent years after a barren run at the major international road races.

The TV celebrity, truck fitter and roads star made the headlines in May at the North West 200 after launching into a tirade slamming the 'boring' 8.9-mile course, which has more man-made chicanes than any other pure road race circuit.

Martin later apologised for his outburst, but his dislike of the course is common knowledge and it seems unlikely the Lincolnshire rider will return to the event in 2016.

The 34-year-old made his traditional appearance at the Cookstown 100 Irish National meeting at the beginning of the season in April and won both Superbike races on the Tyco BMW.

He failed to make much of an impact at the North West 200 weeks later and his maiden Isle of Man TT victory eluded him once again on the Mountain Course, where Martin finished on the rostrum once on the Smiths Triumph in the second Supersport event, taking third place.

After being ruled out with a technical problem at the start of the RST Superbike race, Martin finished fourth in the flagship Senior TT and joined the elite 132mph club with a lap of 132.398mph, making him the fourth fastest TT rider rider in history behind John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop and James Hillier.

His fortunes improved at the Southern 100 on the Billown course in July, which is one of Martin's favourite events along with the famous Ulster Grand Prix.

In front of a huge crowd, Martin made history by winning the Solo Championship race for the third time in succession, a feat only managed once before by Ulster legend Joey Dunlop.

He also notched a win at the Armoy Road Races in the opening Superbike event but had to settle for the runner-up spot behind Michael Dunlop in the headline 'Race of Legends'.

The world's fastest road race at Dundrod offered Martin the chance to add to his 11 Ulster Grand Prix victories, but his season came to an abrupt halt when he crashed out at 120mph while leading Bruce Anstey in the Dundrod 150 Superbike race.

Martin was forced to miss the Scarborough Gold Cup and Macau Grand Prix as a result of the injuries he sustained, which included five broken vertebrae.

Speculation has surrounded his plans for 2016, although Northern Ireland's Tyco BMW team recently confirmed that Martin would remain in the fold next season and said further details of his race schedule would be forthcoming.

It is thought that Martin could skip the TT next year to participate in a major mountain bike race, the Tour Divide, which clashes with the legendary road racing festival.

He claimed in his new book, 'When You Dead, You Dead,' that he doesn't plan to return to the North West 200, but it seems Martin is keen to continue racing at his favourite events, such as the Cookstown 100, Southern 100, Armoy, Ulster Grand Prix and Scarborough Gold Cup.

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About the vote:
Thousands of votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net Road Racer of the Year poll, where viewers awarded a shortlist of this season's most impressive riders with a mark out of ten.

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