Ulster Grand Prix treble hero Guy Martin has dramatically been denied the opportunity to compete in the inaugural Classic TT races on the Isle of Man this weekend.
The Tyco Suzuki star, who won both Superbike races plus the opening Supersport event at Dundrod last weekend, missed Wednesday’s signing-on deadline for the event and in accordance with the regulations has not been granted permission to participate.
The 31-year-old Lincolnshire rider, the biggest star in road racing and arguably the UK’s most recognisable motorcycle racer, had been due to ride for Team Molnar Manx Norton in Saturday’s eagerly anticipated 500cc race.
Martin remained on the Isle of Man on Thursday, signing autographs for fans in the paddock and taking a keen interest in some of the machines on display.
News of his exclusion from the festival will come as a huge disappointment to his legions of fans.
Meanwhile, Thursday night’s Manx Grand Prix qualifying session was red flagged at around 7.50pm following four separate incidents on the course at Ballahutchin, Kerrowmoar, Ramsey Hairpin and the Bungalow.
Scott Campbell, Ross Richards and Stuart Hall were involved in the incident at Ballahutchin on the approach to Ballagarey with Richards and Hall airlifted to Nobles Hospital. Scott Campbell was reported as unhurt.
John Leigh Pemberton came off his machine at Ramsey Hairpin and was taken to Nobles while Gavin Lupton (Bungalow) and Neil Gregory (Kerrowmoar) were both reported as having escaped relatively unscathed.
None of the riders involved suffered serious injuries.
Earlier, John McGuinness experienced more problems with Roger Winfield’s 500 Paton, retiring at Quarterbridge. The TT legend also missed Wednesday’s session with an electrical fault.
Michael Dunlop, who set the fastest lap of the week on Wednesday at almost 123mph on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 in the Formula 1 class, was also a retirement on the MD Racing Norton on his first lap.