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Buckmaster lambasts Martin over TT behaviour

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.