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Guy Martin joins Relentless pursuit

By Paul Lindsay

After weeks of speculation, Lincolnshire’s Guy Martin is the first major signing for Moneymore based Relentless by TAS Suzuki, and the 28-year-old will spearhead Hector and Philip Neill’s official Suzuki effort on the international road racing scene in 2011.

It is still unconfirmed who Martin’s team-mate will be, but it’s looking like a complete clear-out at TAS Racing on the road racing scene, with Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson touted as firm favourites to fill the one remaining ride.

Team manager, Philip Neill would not be drawn on this speculation, preferring to discuss the positives, and his first major signing for 2011.

“I’ve wanted to work with Guy for a couple of seasons now,” enthused Neill.

“I just love his free spirit attitude and I suppose I’m a sucker for a challenge. He must be one of the unluckiest men in racing, but we fully intend putting that right next year and our goal is to take him to his first TT win on Suzuki machinery.”

Martin survived a 170mph crash during last year’s Senior TT, but proved his strength of character, returning at the Ulster Grand Prix and competing right in the thick of the action.

He’s never been a man short on confidence and didn’t mince his words, as he explained the thinking behind his decision to join the official Suzuki team.

“It’s a proper team with a proper structure; that’s all there is to it. I don’t want to be slagging anyone else off, but you don’t get any more of a proven team than Relentless by TAS Suzuki with factory support and something like 18 TT wins, do you?” he questioned.

“I was at a Pirelli test earlier this year and took 101 pictures of their bikes and the preparation of them is proper.

“They are the best team I’ve been with to date, that’s all there is to it.

“Hopefully I’ll get a run out on the bikes before Christmas and after that it’ll all be about hitting the ground running.

“We’ll do some British Superstock races, and as you know the bike is more than capable — I mean it won the championship just last year.

“Yeah it’s all proper and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Neill is expected to announce his number one rider for the 2011 British Superbike Championship campaign later this week.

Tommy Hill is a strong favourite to land the ride moving from Crescent Suzuki to Neill’s Relentless sponsored team, who will front the only official effort for the Japanese manufacturer in 2011.

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