If you follow British or Irish motorcycling, you've undoubtedly heard of Guy Martin. But despite his skill and popularity, Martin has yet to win the North West 200 or the Isle of Man TT. But that could change next year now that Martin will be backed by the Relentless by TAS Suzuki team.
Martin will do some pre-season tests in Spain throughout the spring, and it's possible that he makes a British Superstock appearance in late April. As for the rest of the season, Martin and Relentless by TAS Suzuki have yet to hash out the details. But one thing is for sure, this duo is bound to be competitive no matter where they race.
"You just don't get any more of a proven team than Relentless by TAS Suzuki and with its official support from Suzuki and something like 15 TT wins; it wasn't a difficult decision to make,” said Martin. “I was at a Pirelli test earlier this year and took 101 pictures of their bikes and the preparation of them is 'proper' - that's what made my mind up. They are the best team I've been with do date; that's all there is to it. I just want to hit the ground running now. After pre-season we'll hopefully do some Superstock races in the British Championship, as we know the GSX-R1000 is very capable. Let's face it - it won the Championship just last year with Alastair Seeley on it. Yeah; it's all proper and I'm looking forward to getting started."
Philip Neil, the Relentless by TAS Suzuki team manager added:
"It's been a difficult decision changing our line-up as we pride ourselves on loyalty. In saying that, Guy is a rider I've wanted to work with for a couple of seasons now and my loyalty to other riders probably held that decision back a little. He came to us full of enthusiasm and wants to do things our way, which was a good starting point. And on top of that, I'm a sucker for a challenge and I like Guy's free-spirit attitude. He's created a Guy Martin-brand without even trying and that's also pretty special.
"Obviously we know he's a very talented rider and has been extremely unlucky not to have won races at both the North West 200 and the TT. So our motivation is to complete that task, while making sure Guy also fulfils his commercial responsibility representing a manufacturer-backed team. Having spoken to him at length before we agreed a deal, I know he won't let Suzuki or our sponsors down."