This year, he’s going to win it! Well, that is what we think every year, but fate and John McGuinness usually have other plans. Guy Martin’s aim of conquering one of the most challenging road races in the world is getting close to yet another realizing attempt. Will it be successful, we’ll just have to wait for the TT races to start in May and see.
Bringing his one liter GSXR on the top step of the podium is not going to be a stroll in the park either. The competition is as strong as ever, and Guy’s retiring from the Thruxton round of the British Superstock 1000 series after just seven laps in race is not promising. But, superstock is not really what Guy is gunning for. On the weekend of 27th and 28th, Guy is entering his first road race of the season – the Cookstown 100, a race in Northern Ireland and, this year, in its 90th edition.
It seems that Guy will be racing every bike in his garage at the event, as he says on his team’s blog: “I’ve caught up with all the boys again and enjoyed a gibber with Stewart Johnstone, Josh Brookes’ new crew chief and he’s some boy. Top lad indeed.”
“I’m just sorting the diary with Hector and Philip (Neill) and as I’m sure you all already know, I’ll be at the Cookstown 100 for a run out which should be a bit of craic alright.”
“I thought it would just be the wee 600 and ‘stocker, but Philip tells me I’m taking the big girl out. Now that’s a job indeed and will give us enough grunt to keep Farquhar and Dunlop honest, but it’s more for a run out before the North West and TT – but she be right.”
And to paint the picture, well video to be exact, of the Cookstown race circuit, imagine riding your bike at top speed on your driveway, or, if you’re just low on imagination for this week, check out the onboard video of the last year’s event.