Guy Martin refused permission to race at Classic TT

Published: 22 August 2013

Guy Martin has dramatically been refused permission to take part in the Classic TT at the last minute, after turning up to sign on for the event today, with the regulations stating that riders must have signed on and completed practice laps of the 37.73 mile course by Wednesday (yesterday) at the latest.

The Lincolnshire rider was due to ride for Team Molnar Manx, on a 500cc Manx Norton in the inagural 500CC Classic TT this Saturday, but the decision by race organisers is unlikely to be overturned.

Martin had previously stated in an interview following his Ulster Grand Prix triple win that he would not be able to make it until Thursday, but had hoped to come to an arrangement with the organisers.

It's not the first time he has fallen foul with race organisers on the Isle of Man, having a dramatic row in 2010 when he exceeded the pit lane speed limit by fractions of a MPH, costing him second place.

Fan response online has been divided, with support for Martin being outnumbered by fans applauding the decision of the organsiers to stick to the rules.