Denmark’s sole MGP competitor of recent times, two stroke specialist Carsten Svendsen is next to take part in Road Racing News, rising in popularity Manx GP Top 6 series.
A top five finisher within the 2016 Newcomers B Manx Grand Prix, 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?
“I had a huge, huge smile when I got back in the pits, after a great control lap, with Cameron Donald as the master driver.
Later in the day, I was going to race on the course for the first time alone and when I got on the course, I can honestly say that everything I thought I had learned from all the hours I spent watching Isle of Man videos just disappeared completely, so I was totally lost on the course.
So I got frustrated once back in the pits without a clue how I could ever learn and go fast on this amazing course.”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“My most memorable Manx GP bike, must be my amazing Yamaha TZ250 and when set up really right it is fast and easy to ride, so in other words a real race bike.”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“Each year has its appreciated memories and just the pleasure of meeting all the amazing people is an appreciated memory. But one of the biggest memories, must be when I got the trophy for best placed 2 stroke in 2016.”
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“I am very impressed with all the participants as they live out their dream. But should I choose a special competitor, it would be Bruce Anstey.”
Photo by Nick Wheeler
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?
“It’s hard to choose but I think a Suter MMX 500 or a 500 GP bike will be my choice.”
Words by Stevie Rial