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Guy Martin doesn't want to race in the 2016 TT or North West 200

Plans revealed in new autobiography

GUY Martin has said he doesn’t want to race in next year’s Isle of Man TT or North West 200. 

The road racer and TV personality has said he wants his team Tas Racing to allow him to avoid two of the biggest events in the road racing calendar. 

He said: ‘I'm hoping to sort it with TAS that I can do all the races I normally do except the North West and TT.’

Martin, from Lincolnshire, makes the revelation in his new autobiography, When You Dead, You Dead

Instead of taking part in next year's TT, he says he wants to enter the 2745-mile long Tour Divide mountain bike race in the US.

But he adds that in 2017 he will ‘maybe go back to the TT’.

While Martin’s decision to not to race on the Isle of Man in 2016 might come as a shock to fans, his intention to miss the North West 200 will be less of a surprise. He’s made no effort to hide his dislike of the Northern Irish race, telling the BBC earlier this year: ‘It’s just riding round chicanes. I’m just bored to the back teeth. There’s nothing to the straights because they’re so fast you’re just flat out. My granny could ride it flat out.’

Martin has also previously said he's thinking of calling it a day on some events

The latest news is certain to fuel speculation that the Lincolnshire racer is moving towards retirement from road racing.

Martin crashed out of the Dunrod 150 road race earlier this year and sustained severe injuries including several broken vertebrae and a broken sternum. He had been due to attempt to break the motorcycle land speed record with Triumph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August, an attempt he's now set to make next year. 

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