Tuesday, September 17


Isle of Man TT front-runner and now UK TV personality Guy Martin will be one of a number of internationals to contest the annual Cemetery Circuit road race meeting at Wanganui on Boxing Day.

The Boxing Day meeting is again part of the re-named Suzuki Series (formerly the Suzuki Tri Series) with earlier rounds at Hampton Downs on December 6-7 and Manfeild on December 14-15.

“I’m particularly excited about Guy Martin coming," says Suzuki Series organiser Alan ‘Flea’ Willacy. "He’s a real entertainer, but he’s coming here to win, not just to ride around. He’ll have a Suzuki F1 superbike supplied by Suzuki New Zealand, and he’s sure to be a real crowd favourite.

“What you see is what you get with Guy Martin. He’s a straight-talker and a fine racer ... a real character of the sport,” said Willacy.

Martin was the central character in the movie 'Closer To The Edge' released in New Zealand cinemas in 2011, a no-holds-barred, behind-the-scenes film about racing the legendary Isle of Man circuit.

Joining Martin on the 'imports' list for the series are Italian supermotard ace Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Germany’s Thomas Kreutz and Australian brothers Craig and Steve Trinder.

Christchurch’s Dennis Charlett (Underground Brown Suzuki GSX-R1000) won the Suzuki Series’ Formula One class last season and he will again be among the favourites to win this time around as well.

It is also worth noting that anyone who goes on to the internet – www.cemeterycircuit.co.nz – to purchase an “early-bird” ticket to the Cemetery Circuit races will go into a draw to win a Suzuki GSR750 bike.


Words by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com . Photo courtesy Suzuki Europe.