One of just two French racers to have enjoyed Manx GP success in the 21st Century, Lancelot Unissart has fond memories a plenty about the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.
Recently Road Racing News gained an impromptu interview with the 2019 Ultra Lightweight race 1 victor.
Part one of our amiable chat, saw Unissart who hails originally from Montreuil, Ile-De-France, candidly discuss opening qualifying sessions.
“We had a good-run on Sunday, Monday didn’t go to plan, then yesterday got two laps on the 600, then I went out on the Kramer 690 in the Lightweight session.
Got stopped but already going better than Sunday, because that was the first-time, I was on the bike going down Bray Hill on the little one.
The 600 is going great, we’ve made some changes, I probably need to adapt a bit more to it.”
Unissart who’s Lightweight race steed, has been made possible thanks to individuals including Eddie Roberts, added about the 690cc Kramer machine.
“It is a good package, Shaun (Anderson) done a great, great first lap on it, I’m a bit slower and we are up against the 250’s so I’m not expecting too much of it.
But that’s just one of my box’s to tick, to race a Supermono over here.”
When posed the question, is a full IRRC (International Road Racing Championship) campaign a possibility in the future, Unissart who’s only 2023 roads scene appearance before the Manx, was at the Hengelo based Varsselring, said:
“I’ve already done Chimay, tried Hengelo, tried Frohburg, went there in 2017, that would be something I’d like to undertake.”
Summing up how special it is every-time the Manx beckons, last night’s 17th quickest qualifier within the Senior Supersport fraternity, stated:
“Everything, is always something, every time you see a rider going down Bray Hill, like newcomers, I always go there for the first lap (during qualifying), because it’s something you never forget.
I used to go and watch the full Newcomers race, because that was something, you’re only doing it once in your life.
The buzz, that’s what we call the buzz, every time we set off, every practice session.”
Photo credit: Nick Wheeler
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