Road Racing’s biggest personality is returning to the paddock, as Guy Martin has signed up with the factory Honda Racing team. Martin will be alongside John McGuinness, and the pair will compete in the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT on the Honda CBR1000RR SP2.
The news is a welcomed announcement for those who missed Guy Martin’s presence in the road racing scene – the truck mechanic from Lincolnshire sat out the 2016 Isle of Man TT, and other racing events, choosing instead to take on some other projects, like a land speed record attempt at Bonneville.
Both Martin and McGuinness will have big expectations from the new Honda CBR1000RR SP2, with the new racing platform bringing a much needed update to the Honda’s superbike.
Many in the road racing paddock have felt that while the Honda CBR1000RR has been well-honed over the past seasons, that the platform has recently been holding back its riders. The rise of the BMW S1000RR as the preferred racing bike at the TT gives some weight to this argument.
With more power, a refined chassis, and a full suite of electronics now at their disposal, fortunes will hopefully change for the factory Honda men.
As such, Martin will be looking for his first race victory at the Isle of Man TT. Similarly, McGuinness will be looking to add to his tally of 23 TT wins thus far, as his chases Joey Dunlop’s record of 26 TT wins.
Source: Honda Motor Europe