The Isle of Man is the last place any racer wants to crash. The combination of tight city streets and absurd speed make even the smallest crash into a life threatening ordeal. So when word spread of Guy Martin’s crash at over 130+mph, I was terrified to hear what had happened. Luckily for Guy and his fans he came out relatively unscathed. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case for some other racers at the TT.
Guy Martin is no stranger to high-speed crashes. He’s had his fair share, as most motorcycle racers at his level have. Yet this year marked for a scary one for the Lincolnshire racer. An uncharacteristic crash at Doran’s Bend ended the fast talking Englishman’s chances at victory. Luckily that’s all it ended. The 130+mph crash was the result of a false neutral, a worrying sign from a brand new CBR1000 SP2 built by Honda. This crash is coming right on the heels of John McGuinness’s massive crash on the same machine while racing the North West 200.
The most alarming fact is how the 23-time TT winner John McGuinness has a history of being one of the most consistent racers in history. Yet he attributes his uncharacteristic crash to the CBR not ‘shutting off’ when he closed the throttle, ultimately causing the incident that gave McGuinness a compound fractured leg, 4 broken vertebra, and 4 broken ribs. Honda pulled Guy Martin from the NW 200 because of McGuinness’s wreck yet let him race the Isle of Man TT a week later without proper data to mark the cause of the accident. While Martin and McGuinness’s wrecks could easily be attributed to poor luck it’s less than unlikely.
Factor in the issues Honda has had in WSBK as well and a broader picture becomes clear. There is clearly something wrong with the new CBR and Honda needs to address it immediately. Guy Martin can be seen visually shaken up over his high speed off. And this is a man that checked himself out of the hospital 4 days after this wreck:
And that one fractured his thoracic vertebrae and sternum amongst other things. Seeing the normally extremely chatty Lincolnshire native utterly speechless is a terrifying sight. Luckily for Guy being shaken up and a bruised wrist is much better than the alternative. Some riders have sadly not been so lucky this year.
Davey Lambert, Jochem van den Hoek, and Alan Bonner have all been killed in separate incidents this year, reminding us all how deadly the TT can be. Only Den Hoek was on a Honda, and no reports have been made as to what caused his accident. Regardless that puts the TT’s total fatality count at 255 individuals since 1911. While it is a true shame to lose even one racer it is worth noting they are doing what they love. Racing the TT isn’t like any other circuit, it’s a true honor to even start at such a historic event and I’m sure each and every one of those 255 would say the same thing. It doesn’t replace the sadness of losing one of our Moto family, but it does make it more manageable to deal with.
From all at Moto Networks, we wish the families of the Davey Lambert, Jochem van den Hoek, and Alan Bonner our deepest condolences. May they race in peace.