Six times a top twenty MGP finisher, renowned 400 class racer Dave Taylor is next to take part in Road Racing News, widely acclaimed Manx GP Top 6 series.
A Southern 100 race winner in 2015, 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 incredible, I had been waiting so long to race around the Mountain Course it was a dream come true.”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“For me my 400 (FZR Yamaha) is a very special bike. I’ve built it from scratch each year tweaking a few bits to get it perfect.”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“I think being sat on the start line of my first Junior Manx GP, number 111 and setting off dead last.
Dad held up the pit board saying go get um son. Made me grit my teeth and go for it, think I finished 47th not bad considering the traffic.”
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“Has to be one of my best mates Andy Soar. He was a fantastic rider in his first Manx he came second in the newcomers race and second in the Senior race.
He later went on to win the Senior in 2014 but sadly lost his life in a crash at Keppel Gate during the Senior TT a few years later.”
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 would have to be Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha M1, it’s such an incredible machine.”
Words by Stevie Rial