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He then enrolled in North Lindsey College on a motor vehicle engineering course, believing at the time that it was appropriate as further education was what everybody did.He quickly realised it was not for him – he was not being paid and was being taught things he either already knew, or thought would never need, and so decided to leave after a month, having secured an apprenticeship as a truck fitter with a Volvo centre, John Hebb Volvo.
Martin started racing in 1998, debuting on road circuits at the Isle of Man TT events in 2004, Martin starred in Closer to the Edge, a 2011 documentary on TT racing.He was uncertain if the decision would lead him to retire from road racing, mountain bike racing, or if he would go on to do something else, but said "if I do race on the roads it will be with TAS".Martin signed a new deal with Honda Racing on 18 January 2017 to ride the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, rekindling his ambition to win the Isle of Man TT and renewing his focus on his road racing career.In the search for a more competitive team, Martin joined Hydrex Honda for the 2007 season.The end of 2009 saw Martin leave Hydrex for Northern Ireland-based Wilson Craig Honda, but since November 2010, Martin has raced for TAS Racing (known as Relentless Suzuki, then Tyco Suzuki from 2012 to 2014, and Tyco BMW from 2015 to present), the team run by the Neill family also based in Northern Ireland, and with a long TT heritage.This switch to what was effectively a factory team meant the end of tuning his own equipment – for TAS he would simply be riding pre-prepared machines.
For the 2016 season Martin decided not to race in the TT for the first time in 11 years, opting instead for a mountain bike race.
Martin returned to the Isle of Man at age 16; overhearing lorry driver and amateur racer Baz Kirk discussing his plans to race in the 1997 Manx Grand Prix with his father, he was offered the chance to assist him as a race mechanic. In 2004 he moved to the Uel Duncan Racing team, staying with them until 2005.
In 2006 Martin raced for Alistair Flanagan's AIM Yamaha race team, replacing John Mc Guinness.
Although his interest matched his father's trade, he was happy for Guy to do his own thing, and indeed would try to stop him "talking the whole time about engines" during family holidays to Butlins.
Martin attended Kirmington Church of England Primary School and The Vale Academy school, leaving at age 16.
Despite enjoying the work, due to the amount of time it was taking to film his Speed series, time taken away from his maintenance job, Martin considered taking a break from television in 2015.