It’s not much of a surprise, but Guy Martin is now not taking part in the Southern 100 next week – a message from the event organisers is citing the Honda Fireblade as the reason for the withdrawal saying that Martin’s bike ‘was not available with further testing to be carried out’.

The news is particularly annoying for Martin who has gone well at the Southern in the past, winning the Solo Championship race three years in a row from 2013 to 2015.

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