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Guy Martin will NOT race in this afternoon's Isle of Man Senior TT

Guy Martin has pulled out of this afternoon's Senior TT on the Isle of Man.

His Honda Racing team on Friday morning announced Martin would not participate in the six-lap race.

Keep up to date with the race live: Isle of Man LIVE: Senior TT at 3.15pm as Anstey beats Martin to TT Zero crown

Martin said his times were not what was needed to be competitive in the race and admitted that he and his team "need more time to set up" his Fireblade bike.

"Doing six laps will not achieve what we set out to do and I’ve always reckoned this is not the place to be out riding just to make up the numbers, so as a team we agreed it wasn’t right competing in the Senior TT," he reflected.

"I came back to the TT this year to race and try to win with Honda Racing. I’ve done loads of testing and the team have been flat out, before we got here and at the event.

"With the weather and my crash I’ve done plenty of tea drinking and dog walking.

"I’m looking forward to racing the Mugen, it’s a real honour to race the most interesting bike in the paddock. I’ll see how I can do and I'm looking forward to then getting back to work Monday."

Honda Racing team manager Jonny Twelvetrees said the decision was made "ultimately due to a lack of track time for Guy on the Fireblade".

"We’re disappointed not to be taking part in today’s Senior TT," he said.

"We came here to race and everyone in the team – who have worked extremely hard over the last few months – was looking forward to seeing what the new bike could do. Guy informed me that he wouldn’t race in the Senior, which is a tough decision to make but one I can understand given the lack of practice we’ve had."

Twelvetrees did, however, confirm that Martin is keen to race in the Southern 100 next month on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

Friday's racing has been delayed for two hours with the SES TT Zero now due off at 12.15pm, sidecar race 2 at 1.15pm and the Senior TT at 3.15pm.

Honda Racing also pulled Martin out of the North West 200 following team-mate John McGuinness' crash on his Fireblade that left the rider with a compound fracture of his lower right leg, four broken vertebrae and three broken ribs.

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