Guy Martin pips Bruce Anstey for Mugen TT Zero ride

As we reported last month, Guy Martin is heading back to the Isle of Man, teaming up with the official Honda team to attack the Island circuit with TT legend John McGuinness.

It’s awesome to see Guy heading back, but it now seems his good fortune has not been without casualties.

New Zealand’s famous TT racer, and last year’s TT Zero winner, Bruce Anstey, is one of those casualties having been dropped from the Mugen TT Zero team in favour of Martin.

According to MCN in the UK, it was the TT Zero ride that secured Martin to the Honda paddock for the coming TT, with Martin only wanting to return to the Island if he was going to be doing something different.

A team statement said: “In April both riders will fly out to Tokyo where they will meet up with their 2017 TT Zero machines, Shinden Roku (Shinden 6), and the dedicated team behind the machine that is expected to break the land-mark 120mph barrier for the first time this year.

“Having been an integral part of the Mugen Shinden project since the start of the programme in 2012, for John McGuinness it will be like returning to family, and for Guy Martin it will be an introduction to the battery-powered bike that he hopes will take him to his first TT Zero victory.

Mugen have been quite successful in the past few years, going One-Two in the TT Zero class with John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey in 2014 and 2015, with Anstey taking the win in 2016.

McGuinness holds the lap record for the TT Zero class at 119.279mph, which he set in the 2015 race.