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Motorcycle racer, lorry mechanic and part-time TV presenter Guy Martin has turned down the opportunity to work on the next series of Top Gear.

In an interview with Commercial Motor magazine, Martin said that being a truck fitter would always come first. Grimsby-based Martin currently works for independent Scania specialist Moody International. He said his work, along with motorcycle racing, would always come first and that presenting Top Gear would mean changing his life completely.

Martin said money wasn't important: “Yes, you might earn squillions of pounds, but I earn enough here to keep me in push bikes. I don’t want to live like a rock star. I drive a Transit van and a Volvo estate. Although having said my Snap-On tool bill is quite high though.”

In the world of motorcycle racing, Martin is best known for taking part in the Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200.  Alongside his racing and job as a truck fitter, Martin has worked as a presenter on a number of TV shows.

The 33 year old attended every single Isle of Man TT race since his birth, until his father crashed on Oliver's Mount, Scarborough in 1988. It wasn’t until he was sixteen that he returned to the TT.

In 2006 Martin raced for AIM Yamaha. Between 2007 and 2009 he rode for Hydrex Honda. After a stint with Wilson Craig Honda in 2011, Martin signed for Relentless by TAS Suzuki in 2011.

From 2012-2014 Martin resumed with Tyco Suzuki (after a sponsorship related name change) and then in 2015, after considering retiring from motorcycle racing, Martin joined Tyco again, who had embarked on a new deal with BMW.

Martin has worked on BBC TV's The Boat that Guy Built and Channel 4's Speed with Guy Martin, among other shows.