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Old 01-19-2016, 08:10 AM   #1
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Guy Martin opts out of 2016 Isle of Man TT

The 34yearold fancies a change of scenery

GUY Martin has confirmed today that he will not be racing at the Isle of Man TT this year and 'may never road race again'.

The Lincolnshire rider has announced via social media that he will be taking a break from road racing as he 'fancies a change of scenery', but will remain with the Tyco BMW team as they are not 'actively looking to replace' him.

Instead, he is diverting his attention to the world's toughest mountain bike race - the Tour Divide.

The statement read: 'I fancy a change of scenery. I've been racing the TT for 11 years. All I’ve really done since I was 18, except the trucks, is race motorbikes and my brain needs something else. Every year’s the same: testing, racing, then start again. It brought it home to me when I was lying in hospital after the Ulster Grand Prix crash.

'I’ve been on about the Tour Divide, the toughest pushbike race in the world, for three years and I thought I’ll blink and next thing I’ll be 45, so I’m going to do it this year. I like breaking myself mentally and the Tour Divide will be tough, but it’s same time at TT, so that’s forced me to make a choice.

'I'm not done with motorbikes. I’m attempting the Wall of Death record in the spring and having a go at the land speed record in the summer and if I do race on the roads it will be with TAS.

Concluding, Martin said: 'After the Tour Divide I might never want to see a pushbike again - or never want to go road racing again, I don’t know. But I do know Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness are still racing the TT, and they’ve got a few years on me, so maybe I’ll come back next year. Or maybe I’ll find something else interesting to do. I’ve got more interests than just motorbikes and I just think let's have ‘em.'

Speculation began back in February last year as to whether road racer Martin would retire at the end of the 2015 season after an interview with The Times was published

The 34-year-old said: 'I need to have a rest and re-set. 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.'

...And it looks as though the famous Isle of Man TT is one of them.

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