Guy Martin, well known and very popular Isle of Man TT racer and TV personality, has announced he will be competing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, June 29. Despite being a rookie, Martin is no stranger to “real” road racing. In fact, he’s set quite a lofty goal for himself: to break the motorcycle course record, which currently sits at 9:52.819 by Carlin Dunne aboard a modified Ducati Multistrada in 2012.
The goal is very ambitious, considering only two bikes have ever broken the ten-minute mark on the Peak, and they came back-to-back in 2012. Apart from Dunne, Greg Tracy, also on a Ducati Multistrada, became the second racer to break the ten-minute mark with a blistering 9:58.262 moments later.
Last year, in the 91st running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, which I competed in, Dunne was again the fastest motorcycle up the mountain, riding the Lightning electric superbike to a time of 10:00.694. He blamed worsening conditions near the top as the reason for the slower time.
Guy Martin will be entered in the Pikes Peak Challenge – UTV/Exhibition Division, racing on a 2014 Martek Custom bike that he’s building himself.