Photos: Guy Martin's fiery TT crash

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Photo: Noel O’Reilly

Hidden somewhere in this fireball is Guy Martin, as this exclusive picture was snapped he and his Honda CBR1000RR were sliding down the Isle of Man TT course in a ball of flames. The incident would go on to red flag Friday’s Senior TT race, break several of Guy’s ribs, bruise his lungs, fracture two of his vertebrae and twist both his ankles.

Update: Another photo below, this time showing the bike as it was delivered back to Guy’s shop.

Update 2: And yet another photo, this one showing the CBR1000RR flying down the road at the head of a fireball.

Update 3: Another action photo below.
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guy-martin-cbr-burned.jpgThe crash occurred at Glen Vine on Guy’s third lap, a fast left/right
section of the course. According to eyewitness reports, guy lost the
front end at about 150mph, causing his bike to slide down the road at high speed. The
racer reportedly separated from the bike early in the crash, before it
caught on fire, meaning he was on the fringes of this deadly fireball.

Guy has been working with Dainese to develop the D-Air airbag-equipped
leather suit
. While the Italian company has stated that he was gathering
data
for a new road-going version of D-Air during the Senior TT, it’s
not clear if the suit was  equipped with functional airbags. If it was,
they could be credited with limited the severity of Guy’s injuries.

This was the first time a Senior TT has ever been red flagged, a
decision apparently taken because the fire, which spread to a wall of
hay bales, engulfed most of the track and required fire trucks to drive
on course to extinguish it.

Judging by the action photos in the gallery above, which also come from
the Senior, Guy was on quite a pace before the incident occurred. In fact his first lap out was his fastest ever: 131.108mph. He’s
expected to make a full recovery.

  • El-Diablo

    God speed Guy…

  • http://www.michael-engle.com s1102879

    Unbelievable! So glad he’s on the mend.

  • HairySeaward

    That fire ball is so big that I thought this a joke. That looks like an explosion from an 80′s cop show.

    Holy crapola!

  • wyatt

    Thank god he walked away from this hes a great racer . i wish him a speedy recovery!

    • Woody

      I wouldn’t exactly say he “walked” away from it.

  • Roman

    Thanks for my new desktop background! Glad Guy’s gonna be alright, the world is a better place with nutters like him around.

  • the other larry
  • richmeyer

    Glad to hear he is going to make a full recovery. Guy is one hell of a racer and I’d venture to say a pretty good guy as well. Heal up soon!

  • Nick

    I’m digging the Sbarro hubless rear wheel. I didn’t know they used them on racebikes–it’s a shame this one got burned.

  • gregorbean

    Wow, how lucky to survive. I would guess that most times if you lose the front going 150 mph at the IOMTT, you’re finished. Get well Guy!

  • gregorbean

    Dainese posted a video of Guy in his room, with obligatory cup o’ tea, on FB:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/video/video.php?v=1391780326159

  • Duge

    CBR1000RR, the new R6…glad he was ok

  • Goose916

    This really hasn’t been his year at the TT. Heal up quickly Guy, glad you’re “relatively” ok after that horrible crash!

  • gregorbean
  • joe

    Just glad Guy is recovering, he’s so likeable and got real character, all those guys (and recently girls) are heros’ and I for one like a spectacle but not at the expense of a life. Conor Cummins I hope you return and show your fighting spirit soon. There is only one T.T.

  • AceCafeClipOns
  • jaski_sm

    Come back soon! You’re a great rider!

  • http://twitter.com/greatistheworld will

    Holy shit, he’s alive?? Miracle.

    And a great example for safety- Martin’s one of the living IOM masters, it really can happen to anyone.

  • jimboecv

    You’ve witness history in past-tense;
    A hero was just born.

    #8 on his bike forever.
    And T-shirts, and hats, brilliant opportunity.

    Glad he made it! Whoo!

  • mike

    Amazing pictures. I’m glad he’s doing alright considering the circumstances.

  • wayne

    what a man this boy is!he nevers ceases to amaze me,i was praying he would win the senior TT as he more than deserves it!get well soon Guy cant wait for next years TT you will get a win i am sure.
    good luck

  • billy roberts

    Am so glad and amazed he survived top man

  • http://beardeddragonhabitat.com Eagleman

    Vuvuzela – Making the World Cup the worst ever

  • Angie

    Blooodddyyy HELL Guy, no half-measure with you!
    I too was willing you on in all your races, to get a win, and you WILL! Get well soon and I hope the nurses are plying you with plenty of cuppas! All the very best for your full recovery.
    Angiebabe x x

  • Emmet

    Godspeed, Guy Martin.

  • NoH2Oh

    After Joey Dunlop he is my favorite TT rider…hope he has the desire and ability to come back to the TT and get a few wins. If not, thanks for the laps, and enjoy the tractor, you have earned the rest.

  • melvyn dutton

    what a relief you escaped from this accident,the TT wouldn’t be the same without you, when you see the amount of people who were queing up to get your autograph on the day racing was abandoned it proves what a star you are.Get well soon and can’t wait to see you back in the saddle at the TT next year and hopefully on the top step of the podium

  • doyley w yorks

    get well soon guy top man got the tee shirts !!

  • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

    wowwwww. So was his crash a result of landing after catching that killer air wheelie? Cuz all I could think when I saw THAT picture was “someday…oh, if only I could fly my R1 like Guy could…”