Tyco BMW star Guy Martin plans to cut back on race exploits in 2016

Guy Martin
Guy Martin

Tyco BMW star Guy Martin has confirmed that he is considering scaling down his racing activities following reports that the Lincolnshire rider may quit the sport at the end of the season.

In an interview with the Times newspaper, the 33-year-old suggested he was poised to take time out from road racing, saying he needed ‘to have a rest and reset’.

“My job is a truck mechanic and I’ve taken my eye off the ball. The TV stuff has knackered my racing too. Not in results – last year’s TT was one of my best – but I didn’t get five minutes,” said Martin in the interview.

“I used to go racing for fun. Now it’s hard work.”

Martin, who forms a strong line-up in Northern Ireland’s TAS Racing team alongside William Dunlop this year, posted a statement on his official Facebook page on Wednesday shedding further light on his thoughts.

“There seem to be plenty of folk who are asking if I’m retiring from racing. There are some events that I’m thinking of calling it a day on,” he said.

“There’s a lot of things I want to do and it’s hard to fit everything in. But I love building and racing bikes and I’ll always find some oddball events to have a go at.”

It is not the first time that Martin has contemplated retirement, with the 11-times Ulster Grand Prix winning revealing that he was set to quit at the end of 2014, only to change his mind after TAS Racing’s switch to BMW machinery as the German manufacturer’s official team for the British Superbike series and international road races.

The sport’s biggest star – a truck mechanic by trade – has made a small fortune from a series of TV shows broadcast on BBC1 and Channel 4 including The Boat That Guy Built, How Britain Worked and Speed and last year published a hugely successful autobiography, selling over 250,000 copies.