Guy Martin’s latest TT ride confirmed

Guy Martin to ride the Mugen bike in this years 2017 TT Zero race. EMN-170227-172332002
Guy Martin to ride the Mugen bike in this years 2017 TT Zero race. EMN-170227-172332002

Kirmington motorcycle racer Guy Martin will have unfinished business in mind after a ride at this year’s Isle of Man TT was confirmed.

The Japanese-based Mugen team, which has won the last three SES TT Zero Races, confirmed that Martin will join John McGuinness in a two-strong rider line-up for the 2017 Isle of Man TT races.

M-TEC company president, Tomoyuki Hashimoto announced 23-time TT winner McGuinness was returning to Team Mugen for 2017, and this year will be partnered by Lincolnshire rider Martin.

The pair will also ride for the Honda Racing team at this year’s TT.

After a one-year sabbatical from the sport while he concentrated on other challenges, and television work, Martin returns to the island with a renewed focus as well as an element of unfinished business at the TT as he targets his first race win after several podium finishes.

Both riders will fly to Tokyo in April where they will meet up with their 2017 TT Zero machines, Shinden Roku (Shinden 6).

They will also meet the team behind the machine that is aiming to break the landmark 120mph barrier for the first time in the class.

The team is the current lap record holder for the class with McGuinness’s lap of 119.279mph (18min 58.743secs), which he set in winning the 2015 race.

McGuinness has been an integral part of the Mugen Shinden project since the start of the programme in 2012, but for Martin it will be an introduction to the battery-powered bike which he hopes will propel him to his first TT Zero victory.