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Kennedy seeking talks with roads returnee Guy Martin

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Kennedy seeking talks with roads returnee Guy Martin thumbnailGuy Martin last raced at Armoy in 2015 with former employer Tyco BMW.

ARMOY Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy has made bringing Guy Martin to this year's event a priority after the Englishman announced his return to the roads with Honda Racing. Martin has not raced competitively since his high-speed horror crash at the Dundrod 150 two years ago that left him needing surgery for a broken vertebrae, ribs and sternum.
Following his recovery he took a step back from competing and chose to divide his free time servicing lorries and working on his latest series for Channel 4, "Our Guy in China".
A change of heart for 2017 means Martin will spearhead Honda's assault with John McGuinness on the big three international meetings. He is also believed to be considering smaller events, too. A Honda Racing spokeswoman confirmed it is currently in discussion with the 35-year-old, with July's Armoy Road Races understood to be on the agenda.
The news has strengthened the resolve of Kennedy and his team to have Martin on the grid at Armoy this summer. "It has never been a problem in the past when it comes to getting Guy to come here," Kennedy told Chronicle Sport. "I plan on speaking to Guy in the coming weeks and I will obviously bring up the question of him racing again at Armoy.
“The Ulster Grand Prix is one of the races Guy is definitely doing and Guy being Guy he will want a run out on the bikes before then. It makes sense for him to come to Armoy.
“Guy enjoys the track, the fans, and the relaxed nature of the Armoy Road Races. Having spoken to him before I know that's something he looks forward to," added Kennedy.

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