by Gary Inman
The Isle of Man TT racer is a different breed from most professional riders and one of the most entertaining men on two wheels
Date of Birth
4 November 1981
Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing
If you weren’t racing, what would you be doing?
I’d be fixing trucks. I’m very lucky to have a job I enjoy. I’d always have a variety of physical challenges I’d be doing. I might be racing mountain bikes, but I’d never be doing just one thing, If I wasn’t mountain biking, I’d be mountain climbing.
What’s your favourite corner?
Coming out of the 13th Milestone at the Isle of Man. It’s a left-hander and when you get it right it’s brilliant. The 13th is a section of corners, not one single bend. The first is a right-hander, then you go down the hill and into a really long left-hander that takes you to the straight that leads to Kirkmichael. You enter the corner with something like 20% throttle, but you’re on 100% throttle on the way out of it in fourth gear, so about 140mph (225kmh). If you time it right, tip in just right, at the correct speed, you’ve got a great run for the next mile. If you don’t get it perfect, you’ve ruined the next section. That’s my favourite at the moment, but it changes from time-to-time.
What’s the best thing about being a professional racer?
It gives me the opportunity to go and race at places I love, like the Isle of Man TT and the Southern 100.
The loss of anonymity.
Finish this sentence: Winning is…
another box ticked.
If you could race in any era, when would it be?
The ’60s, no question. Look at the bikes: the Honda six-cylinder 250/297; the four-cylinder 125cc Yamaha… Fascinating stuff. I’d love it for the machinery, but I also think I’d get less attention, because I’d stand out less. I stand out now, because I’m different, but back in the 1960s everyone was doing the same things I do. I’d also love to be in 1993 so I could race John Britten’s own Britten around Wanganui, New Zealand.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To be able to turn water into wine.
Do you have a motto you live your life by?
Go big or go home.
Finally, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Measure twice, cut once. You can apply that to everything in life.
Guy Martin is one of racing’s true mavericks and a true cult hero. He works as a truck mechanic during the week, and has also presented TV shows in the UK. The series, ‘The Boat That Guy Built’ is now shown in schools to teach pupils about the Industrial Revolution. Guy has won some of the biggest real road races in the UK and Ireland, but hasn’t climbed the top step at the TT. He’s led, finished on the podium many times, secured lap records – once with a Honda CBR600 he tuned himself - but the win remains tantalisingly beyond reach. He currently lives in a bus.