Popular road racer Guy Martin has responded to newspaper reports that he is retiring at the end of the year.
The Independent quoted an interview with the truck mechanic in The Times, stating that he would return to his day job, having become increasingly busy with racing and his TV shows.
The 33 year old has made no secret of the fact he enjoys his job as a truck mechanic, referencing it several times in the TT 3D: Closer to the Edge film, and his numerous television appearances. Over the past few years Martin has restored a riverboat in The Boat That Guy Built; explored British engineering during the Industrial Revolution in How Britain Worked; broken many records in two series of Speed with Guy Martin; joined the restoration project of a Spitfire in Guy Martin’s Spitfire; recorded a number of shorts for Channel 4’s Guy Martin’s Passion for Life; and most recently rode through India and taken part in one of the world’s ‘maddest bike races’ in Our Guy in India. Last year he also released his long awaited autobiography.
All of this runs alongside his racing career where he rides at the likes of the Cookstown 100, at Scarborough, and at Armoy. He also races at the ‘big three’ – the International road races – competing at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, and Ulster Grand Prix. He is a multiple winner at the Ulster Grand Prix but is still chasing elusive first wins at the other two Internationals, despite picking up a number of podium finishes. It is a busy year for the Tyco BMW rider, who has been with Hector Neill’s team for four years, going into his fifth. He has also taken part in Endurance racing over the past couple of years.
This morning he took to Facebook to address the rumours that he is retiring, posting the following statement:
There seems to be plenty of folk who are asking if I’m retiring from racing. There are some events that I’m thinking of calling it a day on. There’s a lot of things I want to do and it’s hard to fit everything in. But I love building and racing bikes and I’ll always find some oddball events to have a go at.
2015 will see Martin remain with the Tyco squad as they embark on a new year with BMWs, having previously raced Suzukis. He will race alongside William Dunlop, with Alistair Seeley racing at the North West 200 for them as well.