Current back to back Irish Road Race Junior 250 Classics Champion, Brian Mateer who acquired race wins last year at roads courses including Cookstown, Tandragee, Skerries, Faugheen and Armoy is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News rising in popularity, Manx GP Top 6 series.
2009 MGP Post Classic 2 Stroke winner, 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?
“The first time I’d seen the course in reality was after arriving on the Saturday morning boat for the first nights practise for the 1992 Races, we managed one lap in the van and I realised then how little indication the on board videos gave of camber, bumps, climbs and descents all around the course.
I knew then what a mammoth task it was going to be to really learn the course.”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“It has to be my TZ250B (Yamaha).”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“Lapping at over 110 mph on a 250.”
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“Bill Rice a MGP stalwart, he took me under his wing from the first year I went and always gave up his time to help in anyway he could. That shows the true spirit of the Manx.”
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 factory YZR 250 Yamaha.”
Words by Stevie Rial