In a move that will surprise everyone in the road racing community, the 23-time TT winner spoke exclusively to DriveTribe to announce he'd be hanging up his leathers BEFORE the start of this season.
John speaking to us in his motorhome
"First of all I just want to thank the fans and Kawasaki for their continued support, but now seemed like the right time to make this announcement"
"People will inevitably be asking me, has this got anything to do with Guy Martin coming back? The answer is yes, it does. He gets right on my nerves, he never turns up to press events like I have to and he gets paid far more money."
"Add to that the fans are always banging on my motorhome door at testing, asking where Guy is. I tell them he's off wanking in his van somewhere but they never believe me."
"And while I'm at it, Guy never buys new electric cards and he gets through bloody loads of 'em with that kettle of his. He's always got a brew on and it's all he talks about. Tea and wanking. I've had enough. I'm going back to bricklaying"
We approached Guy Martin for his take on the situation but all he had to say was;
"You got any teabags, chief? I've run dry. Go fetch us some, Yorkshire ones only, there's a good lad. And milk, semi-skimmed"
...was posted on April 1st 2019. Which should tell you all you need to know about its contents.
(Yes, it's April Fool's Day and any of the content above should be treated as parody)