The biggest signing of the Road racing season has happened the enigmatic Guy Martin has signed to ride for the Official Honda road racing squad alongside TT legend John McGuinness who also re-signed with the team, He will be riding the brand new SP2 Fireblade that will make its debut in March during pre season testing. Guy who took 2015 away from the road racing scene to concentrate on other projects such as the gruelling 2475 mile mountain bike race called the tour divide has said he has unfinished business at the TT and fully intends on coming back to win as well as the TT he will take race at the UGP and Southern 100 with a possibility of the North West 200.
Guy has previously ridden factory supported Hondas in his time with Hydrex Honda a Shaun Muir team as well as riding for the Wilson Craig team when he famously had his massive crash at the TT, While this move is great for the road racing scene as Guy has transcended the sport and brings in people that may not have taken an interest in the races before one team may be less than pleased the TAS team who Guy rode for previously have always maintained throughout his hiatus that a bike was available for him to ride and that he was still under contract with them while no statement has been made I think it would be fair to say they might be a little annoyed by this return.
Another big roads announcement was made today with the news that 2015 BSB champion Josh Brookes would be making his long awaited return to the TT this comes after announcing his return to the BSB championship with the Anvil TAG hire Yamaha team. He last raced there in 2014 with the Milwaukee Yamaha team coming 7th in the senior race. The bike he will be riding will be the Norton SG6 he will join the team alongside fellow Austrailian David Johnson who had an impressive TT in 2016 with the Norton team taking the bike to its fastest ever lap time.
Josh has never hid the fact that he has always wanted to return to the TT but was unable to the previous 2 seasons due to other team commitments, While the TT is the Norton factories main focus there is also the chance that due to the advancement in development they may look to bring the bike to the NW200 and UGP but that is to be decided at a later date.
This is my slow return to writing after the winter break keep an eye on my twitter (@weephil56) as with testing starting I will have previews of the road racing, BSB, WSBK and possibly Moto GP seasons to come.