Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 19 Jan 2016
Guy Martin will not race at the 2016 Isle of Man TT, instead opting to take on the world’s toughest mountain bike race later this year.
A statement released by the Tyco BMW announced Martin has no plans to race on the roads at present and is certain to miss the iconic TT races as he turns his focus to the pedal-powered challenge.
The Tour Divide, which sees riders race the length of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to the Mexican border, covering almost 3000 miles, gets underway on the second weekend in June just hours after the 2016 Isle of Man TT draws to a close.
Rumours of Martin taking time away from the roads have been rife since he revealed he’d have retired from road racing had his Tyco team not secured factory-backed BMWs for the 2015 TT, but it’s not until now his plans have been confirmed.
“I’m not done with motorbikes and if I race on the roads again this year it will be with the TAS team,” Martin said. “The BMW bikes are mega and the team are spot on.”
The Tyco BMW statement said the team is not ‘actively’ looking to replace Martin, with their plans at present to focus on the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT with 11-times TT winner Ian Hutchinson as well as their efforts in the British Superbike Championship.
Last weekend it was announced Martin will also switch to four wheels for a wildcard in a round of the British RallyCross championship and the Lincolnshire star is also expected to continue his television work with Channel 4.