Guy Martin brushed off ‘spectacular’ crash that broke his back: ‘Wasn’t that bad!’

Guy Martin brushed off ‘spectacular’ crash that broke his back: ‘Wasn’t that bad!’

Guy Martin crashes at the Isle of Man TT in 2010

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The former motorcycle racer, 40, returns for another instalment of ‘Guy’s Garage’ on Channel 4 tonight. Guy, who is trained as a heavy vehicle mechanic, modifies a Land Rover Defender for episode three of the series. The petrolhead transforms the vehicle into a speed machine capable of reaching up to 100mph. Guy tests the off-road car on a dirt track in Wales but is nearly thrown off course as the circuit is battered by torrential rain.

The star has spoken about his love of racing before, including his passion for the gruelling Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, in which he has secured 17 podium finishes.

Guy’s participation at the annual event, considered one of the most dangerous in the sport, once saw him crash out in “spectacular” fashion and break his back.

The huge smash in 2010 at the Ballagarey – or ‘Ballascary’ – corner saw his Wilson Craig Honda Superbike engulfed in a fireball as it slid down the road.

However, far from dwelling on the crash, which came during lap three of the final TT race, Guy brushed off the accident, saying: “It wasn’t that bad”.

The star spoke humbly as he chatted to BBC News the following year ahead of his appearance in the documentary, ‘TT3D Closer To The Edge’.

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Guy said: “It did look right spectacular. There was a load of flames, and I was in hospital for a bit.

“I broke my back. It does sound quite spectacular, but it wasn’t really.

“I had a week in hospital and a week off work. It wasn’t that bad.”

Despite Guy’s nonchalant reference to the crash, he was airlifted to hospital amid concerns he was seriously injured.

It was reported at the time that Guy had sustained bruising to his lungs and small fractures in his upper back.

During another race at the 2010 TT, rider Paul Dobbs also crashed at Ballagarey, but died from his injuries.

An inquest into his death heard that he had “leaned too far over” at the corner and “lost control” before being “thrown from the bike”.

Speaking about his own smash on the bend, Guy claimed he had walked away relatively unscathed due to the quality of his safety gear.

The star was quoted by the Isle of Man TT website ( as he opened up about the Dainese brand leathers and equipment he was wearing at the time.

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He said: “I’ve only been wearing a chest protector for about a year and a half, but I’ll tell you what, I’d not be here if I’d not been wearing it.

“I mean, I punctured a lung with it in, imagine if I’d not been using it.

“Then there’s my back protector – the impact was that hard I’ve still got bruising on my back that matches the line of the back protector.

“I’ve broken two vertebrae with it in. It doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened if I’d not been wearing the armour.”

Guy said his crash happened at around 170mph, but TT racers can reach speeds of over 200mph.

The race’s 37.75-mile circuit is made up of entirely public roads, which are converted into a racetrack for four weeks every summer.

‘Guy’s Garage’ airs on Channel 4 tonight from 9pm-10pm.

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