He needs to drop the ‘I am only interested in racing my bikes and sleeping in the van act’
GUY MARTIN may have won the hearts and minds of many road racing fans around the world but one man that's none too impressed by the racing renegade is Simon Buckmaster - the man in charge of Performance Racing Techniques (PTR) - suppliers of Martin's bikes for this year's TT.In a seemingly relentless attack on the charasmatic racer, Buckmaster brands Martin 'flawed', insinuating the TT frontrunner is unprofessional and, in short, a liar. He goes on to say Martin's 'just another one of the boys' image is all a facade.It seems Martin's actions at this year's TT, when he stormed off the winner's podium over a pit-lane speeding penalty, and his attitude at the following press conference have not impressed Buckmaster one bit.
On a positive note, Buckmaster ends his rant with:
I for one hope he does listen, smartens up his act and wins many TT races in the future – and I’d be happy to help him achieve that.
We're not sure why Buckmaster's chosen to air his thoughts via a press release. Wouldn't a private conversation via e-mail, phone or good old face-to-face have been a bit more professional, Simon?Buckmaster's statement in full:NOW, some people may wonder why I would comment on the Isle of Man TT races being the Team Manager for Parkalgar Honda in World Supersport and the answer is simple; our company PTR which runs the Parkalgar team tuned and supplied the bikes to the Wilson Craig Team and his rider Guy Martin.First off, it was a pleasure to work with Wilson Craig, he is a very shrewd operator who knows his stuff on road racing inside and out. He knows what he wants and has the means to achieve it and I sincerely hope that PTR has a long and successful relationship with him. It was out first year together and we learnt a lot about each other but I think we can win many races in the future.A second place in the Supersport race is a good result for Guy. Watching the DVD it is clear that the bike was more than competitive, overtaking just about anything on the straight. We’d expect that though because we produce what we believe is the best Supersport bike in the world.The Superbike was a new venture for us and while we built it to a specification below what we would use in WSB or BSB, which is necessary for a TT machine, it too was also more than competitive. Guy was challenging for the lead in the second Superbike race after leading on lap one when he crashed and would have finished second in the opener if it hadn’t been for a time penalty. That’s impressive for our first go at the island and I am proud of the PTR team involved – well done Alan and Mark.To be fair we would have liked a win but Guy Martin has yet to win around the island and 2010 was not going to be his year either – but even that I think is fixable. Guy is a quick rider who is immensely popular but he is flawed, he needs to listen to some advice if he wants to win at the TT as he says he does.I had numerous conversations with him and he listened but then completely ignored everything we agreed on. He didn’t listen and didn’t win; unless he changes his attitude he will never win. In fact when he talks in public, as he did in an Irish Racer Magazine recent feature, the way he relays his last conversation with me is the opposite of the truth. First thing Guy needs to learn is that the rules apply to him as much as anyone else. He may cultivate a 'just another one of the boys' image and have legions of admirers but it is not true and distracts him from the racing. How many of the boys have Aston Martins for a start – not many. How many race at the TT and have credible chances to win – again not many. It’s all a facade.He needs to stop being distracted and lift his professionalism. Instead of being a TV star and courting publicity 24x7, he should be concentrating on racing and what’s needed to win. Get his focus and concentration into racing, not promoting his name and money-spinning deals. At the TT he made a tyre company choice based more on financial gain to him than maybe the best tyre choice and paid the price. Once again he needs to drop the ‘I am only interested in racing my bikes and sleeping in the van act’ and actually show that winning is the most important thing to him; as they say actions speak louder than words. He has got better but still has another step to go regarding leaving the bikes to the mechanics and not to try to be the crew chief.Going back to his feature in Irish Racer Magazine he used unacceptable bad language and criticised a member of PTR staff and that upset me deeply. First, it was unprofessional and secondly the member of staff he criticised is one of the major reasons he scored as high at the TT this year as he did. PTR is challenging for a World Championship for the second year in a row and has nothing to prove – never a winner at the TT Guy Martin still has it all to prove.Another unprofessional move by Guy was to disrespect the Supersport podium ceremony and then follow that up by being downright rude and ignorant in the press conference. Eating and drinking while you are being interviewed has no excuse but then again this is all part of the problem that is stopping him from winning at the TT – he is not approaching it seriously or with a professional attitude, instead spending far too much time promoting this image of what type of person he is. Come on, under all of this Guy you can be a genuine person so just do it!And there is a serious point here because if he keeps up his unprofessional approach then he may never win a TT. Not only will his own preparations be flawed but there will be very few teams capable of fielding a winning bike that will want to deal with him. Mind you that might be the best thing for him because then he would have to buy and run his own team by himself and then he can do what he likes. The one thing he is unlikely to do in that situation is win...Now Guy may get annoyed with me for saying all of this but it is simply the constructive truth and if he listens then he will improve his chances of winning enormously. I for one hope he does listen, smartens up his act and wins many TT races in the future – and I’d be happy to help him achieve that.Off to Misano next for the World Supersport Championship – catch up with you all after that.
Posted: 23/06/2010 at 08:24
Definition: Lambast: to scold or denounce severely - I'd say that's spot on.
Buckmaster's got a point but VD's right - he should have done it in private. How can you criticise someone for being unprofessional and then gob off about them in writing in a press release?
Martin's unique. Let's not dumb him down FFS.
Posted: 23/06/2010 at 09:27
I agree with Buckmaster from he perspective that he is running something financially driven and professionalism is necessary.
I also agree that Guy needs to tone down his 'I will be off to work daaan the buildin site tomorraaa after the racin' facade, he has money, he has sponsors, be who you are, but we dont need to hear it above all else, we are ultimately after racing, not just a personality. There's enough fucken 'personalities' in the UK, keep your talent ahead of your attitudes.
I appreciate Guy's talent and think he is a great racer, he wants to rough it and work and graft afer a race, OK, you dont need to tell us Guy we all do it!
Good luck to him on his recovery and coming back with a vengeance!
Posted: 23/06/2010 at 10:21
Posted: 23/06/2010 at 10:55
Posted: 23/06/2010 at 11:49
I will start by saying I have the utmost respect for PTR and what they acheived is fantastic. I look forward to seeing them in Moto2 next year? Hmm whether the points raised in the press release are correct or not Simon should have done this in private. I can understand his frustration if a valued member of his team was critised unfairly but this simply not the way to go.
Guy is a wonderful raw talent that we all love to shout for. He may or may not win at the TT but I for one will applaud his every attempt.
It would be a very dull world if everyone was the same and 100% predictable.
Posted: 23/06/2010 at 13:07
Posted: 23/06/2010 at 13:15
My guess would be that Buckmaster HAS attempted to get these points across to Martin in private on several occasions and this press release is a "last gasp" attempt to make Martin see his point of view.
All respect to Martin's abilities, skills and raw determination to ride, but from what was seen on the TV at TT time - he did come across as a prima donna who thought the rules didn't apply. So what if he was 0.000001 of a mph over, he was over the speed limit. That limit exists for a very good reason (as any pit crew member will tell you).
If he's not able to ride under that limit, or not get his bike setup to cruise under that limit, then he needs to have a word with himself or his mechanic. (don't know if they have a limiter setup or not).
Everyone else manages to ride at under the prescribed limit - why not Martin?
Very sorry to hear of his off though - Hope he makes a full recovery and goes on to win lots of races, at the TT and elsewhere.
Posted: 23/06/2010 at 13:18
I think its a bit out of order to slate someone in public like this and as for his statement of " the bikes were more than competitive", well is he trying to insinuate that the bikes his company made were better than the like's of HM Plant, Padgets or TAS (or maybe that their bikes are s%$£).
Also I believe the main reason that guy and his team for that matter were upset was not about him being given the time penalty for braking the limit, but was about the way the TT organisers refused to give his team the test results for the speed traps. So that they could see the margin of error that they had!
Posted: 23/06/2010 at 14:10
Hmmm. Watch this video. Seems Buckmaster isn't the only one with this opinion...
Posted: 24/06/2010 at 09:31
....nail and head I think...
Simon Backmarker appears to have been studying irony for beginners...describing Martin's stroppy TT behaviour as unprofessional....in a public statement!
I worked for TV during the 99/2000 BSB season and Backmarker was a miserable git when it came to having cameras fitted to his bikes....I couldn't help thinking that he ought to get a job that he liked!
Posted: 29/06/2010 at 11:58
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