Big Eds Blog - TT Zero
Guy Martin is set to join Honda team-mate John McGuinness riding for the Mugen team in the TT Zero class this year.
The rider is set to make a sensational return to the Island after opting to miss out on the 2016 action, he is a fan favourite and many will be hoping to see him bag his first TT win which, as he mentioned when speaking to MCN last month hangs over his head somewhat, regarding it as 'unfinished business'.
Team Mugen have dominated the TT Zero class since 2014 with McGuinness bagging two wins in 2014-15 and Bruce Anstey taking the win last year.
There has already been comments that this will be Martin's best chance of achieving that elusive win, however after I posted a link the other day I checked out the comments as I always do - and it's clear to see that many fans, as well as the odd journo, still question the legitimacy of the event.
The event is a 1-lap race around the Mountain Course, of which John McGuinness currently holds the fastest lap, an unfathomably quick 119.279mph. I don't believe anyone questions the dangers involved in competing in the event, however I've seen more than a few comments questioning the level of competition at the sharp end.
A quick check online shows that there were seven starters in 2016, nine in 2015 and nine the year before. With the experience of McGuinness and Martin on the Mugen machinery, a team who have not appeared to be challenged since Michael Czysz pulled out in 2013, it is arguable that this could become a two-horse race and subsequently an opportunity for the Grimsby rider to bag a TT win.
In my opinion, I think it should be classed as a TT victory - the time, effort and practice required to win a TT is without question - and for the team, not just the rider, this will mean a lot. However, I can also understand why some may question whether or not this win for Martin would carry the same weight as say, a TT Senior win.
It's an interesting one, I'd love to hear your opinions!
14.02.2017 - Big Ed