Guy Martin Will Race the 24 Hours of Le Mans

09/06/2013 @ 6:30 am, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS


Guy Martin, the affable TT racer from Lincolnshire, will be expanding his motorcycle racing horizons this year by competing in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans. The final stop on the FIM Endurance World Championship, Le Mans is a bucket list event for any fan of motorsport, and clearly ranked high on Martin’s list of racing accomplishments as well.

Entering into the iconic motorcycle endurance race with France’s R2CL Suzuki team, Martin got his EWC ride with help from Tyco Suzuki Team Manager Philip Neill. The sometimes-understandable TT personality will join other top TT riders on the Le Mans EWC grid, such as John McGuinness, Michael Rutter, and Simon Andrews of the Honda TT Legends crew.

Clearly excited by the prospect of racing at Le Mans and in the Endurance World Championship, Guy Martin said: “Top job boy! I thought the job was done and dusted after Scarborough next weekend with the Tyco boys, so to get a chance to do some World Endurance racing down in France is mega.

“It’s something I always believed would be beneficial and a lot more interesting for me than general short circuit stuff. I’m mega chuffed and the drive to France should be a decent road trip,” Martin added.

Although the Le Mans round is just a one-off appearence in the FIM EWC for Guy Martin, Philip Neill says that there has already been an expressed interest to make Martin’s participation in the EWC series more permanent for the 2014 season.

Source: Tyco Suzuki; Photos: © 2013 Tony Goldsmith / TGF Photos – All Rights Reserved

  • Gutterslob

    I know Le Mans is huge for cars, but always assumed that the Bol d’Or was the more “iconic” 24hr race when it came to motorcycles. Anyways, best of luck to the bloke. He’s fitter than most – often does MTB endurance events – so should be ready physically, but he’s often failed to maintain concentration over extended periods, even on comparatively shorter races like the TT, where he often fades away after the second pit-stop. I suppose breaking it up into stints will help him somewhat for this race.

  • Oh lord, this is going to be embarrassing.

    I raced Guy one time, I pulled off to the side of the road and let them catch up, so he wouldn’t feel bad. :)