A podium finisher in the second Ultra Lightweight MGP race from 2018, twice a top twenty Classic TT finisher, Ramsey’s Andy Cowie is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News acclaimed, Manx GP Top 6 series.
Overall four times 12th or better from Manx GP affiliated competition, his answers to the Mountain Course themed set of questions are as follows:
Q1: When you first competed at the Manx, what was your first initial thought of the Mountain Course?
“It was my childhood ambition and blew me away. I remember thinking this can’t be legal. It’s the ultimate bike ride.”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“Probably the Regaby Racing GSXR 750 (Suzuki), a really stable smooth bike and so easy to ride but the Neil Wood ZXR400 (Kawasaki) was a really quick and sorted little machine.”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“Got to be the Ultra Lightweight podium in 2018. A fabulous experience after a great race trading places with Tom Snow. It was a fantastic reward for the team’s hard work.”
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“There are so many people I respect at the MGP including the organisers, scrutineers, medics and marshals.
But as for riders I think either our Junior team mate Mikey Evans, who is a really talented lad and had a fantastic set of results at the MGP or Neil Wood, who has had an immensely long career at the Manx and puts so much back into the sport and has helped me tremendously.”
Q5: Describe the Manx GP in one word?
Q6: Finally, if you could race one machine from any series, championship around the Mountain Course, what would it be?
“A Britten V1000 would be incredible to ride round the TT course but I don’t think there’s any chance of that happening!”
Words by Stevie Rial