Roads: Tuxworth on Guy Martin deal: 'An agreement between Lincolnshire men'

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Honda Racing boss Neil Tuxworth has described the sensational deal which saw him secure the signature of fans’ favourite Guy Martin for the 2017 roads season as ‘an agreement between Lincolnshire men’. 

The veteran race boss spent three months convincing Martin to come out of retirement and compete alongside John McGuinness in Honda’s 2017 line-up.  

“Guy only lives 20 minutes away from me and I used to race against his Dad, Ian,” he explained. “I asked Guy if he had had any thoughts about coming back to racing about three months ago. We had a few chats and we’ve found a way to make it work for him and for us.


“Honda is the most successful TT team and Guy knows that Honda take the TT very seriously. We have huge experience there with riders like Joey Dunlop, Steve Hislop and of course, John McGuinness. We can offer Guy the best opportunity to win a TT and he says that’s one thing he still wants to do. Such an opportunity may not come again. 

“Guy is very popular,” Tuxworth continued. “After Valentino Rossi he is probably the best known motorcycle rider in the world and he also appeals to a huge audience outside the sport.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing