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WHEN GUY MET DANNY

02 Juli 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

We were there when Guy Martin and Danny MacAskill, two of the world’s most popular people on two wheels, met on track in Ireland.

Photography: Stephen Davison, Pacemaker Press

In the corner of the pit garage, a pale-skinned figure changes out of baggy jeans, hooded sweat and anorak into tight-fitting black Dainese leathers. Danny MacAskill looks nervous as he searches through the packaging of his new AGV helmet for something to act as padding between his pinned collarbone and the borrowed one-piece leather suit. MacAskill is the 26-year-old mountain bike trials rider who went from obscurity to global fame when the jaw-dropping short movie of him riding his bicycle around and over obstacles in Edinburgh hit YouTube. Filmed by a friend, it shows Danny riding along the top of iron railing spikes, using a tree as a ramp for a backflip, bunny-hopping to the moon…

The film has had over 30 millions views. Equally incredible sequels followed, as did Red Bull sponsorship, advert appearances, opportunities, travel and injuries. Today he’s going to travel on a motorcycle for the first time in his life. And Guy Martin will be riding it.

Danny fastens the leathers and walks towards pit lane as the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superstock bike peels out for some laps. Danny is here to research a TV show about risk takers for a UK TV channel. The idea is for MacAskill to meet and interview some of his favourite extreme sports stars to discover what motivates them. The top of the list of must-meet stars, he says, is Guy Martin.

The pair of riders talk and laugh. There is mutual respect, how could there not be?

The TV crew have pulled out a special belt to fasten around Guy with handles for Danny to hold onto. The TT racer dismisses it. ‘Just hold on round me, you’ll be right.’

The pair climb on the race bike, that’s been fitted with a twin seat. It clunks into first gear and it’s gone. A howl from the titanium Leo Vinci exhaust, hangs in the air. Seconds later the pair appear, banking through the last hairpin before the start-finish. They accelerate hard past the film crew on pit wall. Danny is stuck like chewing gum to Guy’s back.

The wind is almost gale-force and it’s raining, but even in these poor conditions Guy still winds the 1000cc bike up 140mph-plus. After ten laps the Suzuki pulls into pit lane.

That was ace!’ shouts Macaskill. He can’t stop smiling. ‘It didn’t feel scary, just fun and exciting.

// Dare Devils: Life on the Edge will be shown on Channel 4 in the UK on July 2, at 10pm

by Gary Inman

We were there when Guy Martin and Danny MacAskill, two of the world’s most popular people on two wheels, met on track in Ireland.

Photography: Stephen Davison, Pacemaker Press

In the corner of the pit garage, a pale-skinned figure changes out of baggy jeans, hooded sweat and anorak into tight-fitting black Dainese leathers. Danny MacAskill looks nervous as he searches through the packaging of his new AGV helmet for something to act as padding between his pinned collarbone and the borrowed one-piece leather suit. MacAskill is the 26-year-old mountain bike trials rider who went from obscurity to global fame when the jaw-dropping short movie of him riding his bicycle around and over obstacles in Edinburgh hit YouTube. Filmed by a friend, it shows Danny riding along the top of iron railing spikes, using a tree as a ramp for a backflip, bunny-hopping to the moon…

The film has had over 30 millions views. Equally incredible sequels followed, as did Red Bull sponsorship, advert appearances, opportunities, travel and injuries. Today he’s going to travel on a motorcycle for the first time in his life. And Guy Martin will be riding it.

Danny fastens the leathers and walks towards pit lane as the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superstock bike peels out for some laps. Danny is here to research a TV show about risk takers for a UK TV channel. The idea is for MacAskill to meet and interview some of his favourite extreme sports stars to discover what motivates them. The top of the list of must-meet stars, he says, is Guy Martin.

The pair of riders talk and laugh. There is mutual respect, how could there not be?

The TV crew have pulled out a special belt to fasten around Guy with handles for Danny to hold onto. The TT racer dismisses it. ‘Just hold on round me, you’ll be right.’

The pair climb on the race bike, that’s been fitted with a twin seat. It clunks into first gear and it’s gone. A howl from the titanium Leo Vinci exhaust, hangs in the air. Seconds later the pair appear, banking through the last hairpin before the start-finish. They accelerate hard past the film crew on pit wall. Danny is stuck like chewing gum to Guy’s back.

The wind is almost gale-force and it’s raining, but even in these poor conditions Guy still winds the 1000cc bike up 140mph-plus. After ten laps the Suzuki pulls into pit lane.

That was ace!’ shouts Macaskill. He can’t stop smiling. ‘It didn’t feel scary, just fun and exciting.

// Dare Devils: Life on the Edge will be shown on Channel 4 in the UK on July 2, at 10pm

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