Guy Martin to Race the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

05/05/2014 @ 3:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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It seems Guy Martin, the barely understandable, though immediately lovable road racer of Isle of Man TT fame will compete in the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. One of the stars of the Isle of Man TT, and perhaps the fastest man on the Mountain Course who has never won an IOMTT race, Martin’s involvement with “The Race to the Clouds” has been a long time coming.

The organizers at the PPIHC have long been trying to get riders and teams from the Isle of Man TT onto the Pikes Peak road course, in an effort to bolster the race’s international appeal and reputation, as well as breathe new life and interest into the historic American race.

Our sources say a special effort was made to lure Guy Martin, who was the centerpiece personality in the Isle of Man’s Closer to the Edge film, and it seems those efforts have finally paid off with this latest news.

Martin will compete in the 92nd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on a 1992 Suzuki GSX-R1100 with a Martek frame and turbocharger, which he has built himself of course. With eyes firmly set on beating Carlin Dunne’s outright two-wheeled record of 9:52.819, which Dunne set in 2012 on a Ducati Multistrada 1200, Martin has a formidable challenge ahead of him, to say the least.

Only Carlin Dunne and Greg Tracy have posted sub-10-minute times riding up Pikes Peak, with Dunne nearly repeating that feat last year on the Lightning electric superbike under treacherous road conditions.

It’s not clear at this time what team Martin will be racing with in this year’s event, not how competitive his Martek race bike will be. Last we heard, Martin had his Martek doing 320hp with a turbocharger installed, and was looking for 500hp from nitrous system that was still be developed.

Win, lose, or draw, seeing that beast of machine and Guy Martin on it should be worth the price of entry. Just be sure to do your spectating from one of Pikes Peak’s designated spectating zones.

Source: Road & Track; Photo: © 2013 Tony Goldsmith / TGF Photos – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. TheSeaward says:

    I’m more excited for this than Loeb’s run last year. The man is insane.

  2. vman2957 says:

    I am sure will be a tough learn for Guy the first year… but YEAH THIS IS COOL! Guy finally has a use for our side of the pond..

  3. BenFaster says:

    This is good news but electrics will dominate this race very soon. 3 year for bikes – 5 years MAX for cars. This is Guy is a real runner though and it will be fun to watch him attack this course. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE somebody have decent coverage of this event. Watching last year as Seb. hammered the record was tough because the coverage was very lame. BTW – why a 92 Gixer?Anybody know that back story?

  4. J. M. Morgan says:

    I think that Guy Martin could probably go faster and maybe even win if he got his hair out of his eyes!

  5. Gutterslob says:

    Hope he brings a translator along. Forget communicating with fans and tech staff, he’d need one simply to clear US customs.

  6. smiler says:

    He will need a translator for y’all.

  7. Conrice says:

    Ben – look up his gixxer fighter. It’s a very – very – cool bike. The only thing that’s 1992 about that motorcycle is the outside of the engine case.

  8. Conrice says:

    ^^^forgot to add – the turbo is going to help with the elevation fluctuation.

  9. William Roberts says:

    Yay this can Be another thing he fails to win.

    Iv no doubt the machinery will be top notch. Machinery has never been his problem.

  10. ABPanda says:

    While I’m excited that Guy Martin is participating in this event, I’m a little disappointed [if true] that he chose his Turbo GSXR as his platform. Has it really been confirmed that that is what he will be riding?

    While I’m sure most would agree that Guy is an excellent road racer, I can only think that all that power would be more of a hindrance than help.

    At this point it sounds like more of a publicity stunt than anything. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.