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Racing star Guy Martin already back at work after Dundrod crash
Ahead of hosting the Soap Box Derby at Hillsborough – racer and TV presenter Guy Martin reveals he has no fear of losing his life on the open road and now considers Northern Ireland a second home.

Racing star and daredevil Guy Martin could be talking about one of his motorcycles or lorries when he’s asked about the injuries from his recent crash at Dundrod. Suffice to say, the mechanic and occasional television presenter is a hardy one.

“A few upgrades boy, a couple of rods in my back and my hand has been pinned,” he points out. “The team at Belfast were mega – I couldn’t have wanted for anything more. Good folk who knew their onions.

“I feel right enough now and am back at work. I couldn’t stay in the house all day – it was driving me crackers after two days.”

Famous for his dramatic side-burns as much as his speed, the modern-day Heathcliff is coming to Co Down next week, having teamed up with TrustFord, the world’s largest dedicated Ford dealership, for its new partnership with youth charity Clubs for Young People (CYP), to host the inaugural Soap Box Derby on Saturday, September 5, at the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival.

At 33, Guy is the holder of the Guinness World Record for the fastest soap box of all time – at a whopping 85mph.

Follow Guy Martin and his Tyco Suzuki Superbike weapon for a mad dash around the famous Isle of Man TT course, as he chases BMW mounted Michael Dunlop!

Michael Dunlop has sensationally announced that he will ditch the R1 Milwaukee Yamaha he was contracted to race at this year’s Isle of Man TT. It is understood the 11 times TT winner will now ride an S1000RR BMW in the Superbike and Senior TT races in Stuart Hicken’s Buildbase BMW livery.

Rumours have been rife since the North West 200 that the 26 year old was ready to split from the Milwaukee squad after his dismal performances on the new superbike at his home event. After just three laps of TT practice the 11 times TT winner decided enough was enough with the new Yamaha when he could only manage a 124.519mph lap compared to Bruce Anstey’s 128.641mph speed on the Valvoline Padgett’s Honda.

“I cant thank Shaun Muir enough for his support bringing me into the team and I am genuinely sorry to be making this decision but unfortunately I don’t think we have got enough time left with the sessions that we have already lost at the TT to be truly competitive and get the bike to the level we need in order to win races here.” Dunlop said.

Dunlop will race his own superstock spec BMW in the Superstock race and a CBR600RR Honda in the Supersport events.

The new R1s obvious lack of pace and a failure to rectify a mechanical issue that has seen oil being pumped into the airbox at high speed on both Dunlop’s Milwaukee machine and Dean Harrison’s MarTrain R1 appear to have been the final straws in bringing the deal to an end.

Although it is a hugely embarrassing situation for the Japanese manufacturer and Shaun Muir’s Milwaukee backed team, the split also leaves Dunlop with a massive TT headache.

Although it is known that Dunlop had kept the doors open to make a return to the Buildbase BMW squad that he won with last year, the Ballymoney man will now have to set up and qualify the S1000RR with just two practice sessions before the start of the Superbike TT, which is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

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