His mother, Rita Kidals, was of Latvian heritage, her father having come to Britain in 1947 as a political refugee.
Soon after Martin's birth, the family moved to a house outside the town, where they remained, having four children in total.
His first job after leaving school was as a heavy vehicle mechanic, which he retained since, being unwilling to give it up for full-time racing and media.
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.
Martin had shown an interest in working on trucks as early as age 12.
As a child he was fascinated by engines, and would take apart lawnmowers to try to make them go faster.
Seems to have loads of time for his mates yet he doesn't put any effort into meeting up.
Anytime I question him he says he's busy but it's like I'm at arms length to him. I thought due to how much he contacts, he was very keen and yet doesn't say... To put it crudely, I had thought he was wanting to be intimate yet at a distance, he sure talks about that, which doesn't make me feel great particularly him being at a distance as there's no satisfaction for me and I don't understand why he doesn't want to be with me in real life.I'm not sure if this is the right place but just really needed some advice please.The guy I'm seeing we used to go out before we he was in the RAF.It's like he'll say what I want to hear but that's it.I know he was placed in some pretty horrific places but not anymore.In the search for a more competitive team, Martin joined Hydrex Honda for the 2007 season.