Relentless by TAS Suzuki has signed Guy Martin rider for 2011 campaign.
The Kirmington star has one of the biggest followings in British and Irish motorcycling and has achieved 10 podium finishes at the TT since making his debut in 2004, including five runner-up spots.
The 28-year-old will join his yet to be announced Road Racing and British Superbike teammates in pre-season tests in Spain, scheduled for February or March.
Martin is expected to make his competitive debut for the Lisburn-based team in a British Superstock Championship race at the end of April, ahead of the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races Fuelled by Monster Energy.
Next year’s TT, sees the centenary of racing on the iconic Mountain Course, will be the first time Martin will appear on the course with the famous black livery of the Relentless by TAS Suzuki team.
Martin is expected to compete in a series of British Superstock events through the year, as well as the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.
“You just don’t get any more of a proven team than Relentless by TAS Suzuki and with their official support from Suzuki and something like 15 TT wins, it wasn’t a difficult decision to make.”
“I was at a Pirelli test earlier this year and took 101 pictures of their bikes and the preparation of them is ‘proper’ – that’s what made my mind up.”
“They are the best team I’ve been with to date; that’s all there is to it. I just want to hit the ground running now. Yeah it’s all proper and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Team owners Hector and Philip Neill believe they can guide the fast-talking Lincolnshire man to his first TT win.
Philip Neill said:
“It’s been a difficult decision changing our line-up as we pride ourselves on loyalty. In saying that, Guy is a rider I’ve wanted to work with for a couple of seasons now, and my loyalty to other riders probably held that decision back a little.”
“He came to us full of enthusiasm and wants to do things our way, which was a good starting point. And on top of that, I’m a sucker for a challenge and I like Guy’s free spirit attitude. He’s created a Guy Martin brand without even trying and that’s also pretty special.”
“Obviously we know he’s a very talented rider and has been extremely unlucky not to have won races at both the North West 200 and the TT, so our motivation is to complete that task, while making sure Guy also fulfils his commercial responsibility representing a manufacturer backed team.”