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Flat out Guy Martin speeds away from Dundrod

By Paul Lindsay

Road racing and TV folk hero Guy Martin will not return next month to the scene of his dramatic Ulster Grand Prix crash at Dundrod last August.

The fast-talking Lincolnshire rider will instead concentrate on television commitments, some of which had to be put on hold when he suffered multiple injuries, landing him in Belfast’s Royal Victoria hospital for a spell after a heavy crash while leading the Dundrod 150 Superbike race ahead of the main UGP event.  

Martin (34) skipped the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT to tackle a mountain bike endurance challenge in the US.

UGP organisers had hoped he would return to ride at Dundrod with his Moneymore-based Tyco BMW team.

But instead he will be preparing to film a land speed record bid in a Triumph powered capsule at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Announcing a record 173 riders for the August 13 showpiece, UGP chief Noel Johnston said: “We are very pleased with the final entry list.

“It says a lot about the popularity of the event that the total number of entries are growing year on year.

“Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson will both be there — they are the two guys everyone is talking about.”

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