A top 10 finisher in last year’s second three lap Lightweight MGP race, Gavin Brown who took third in the Newcomers C race of 2014, is next to take part in Road Racing News rising in popularity Manx GP Top 6 series.
Originally from Accrington, Lancashire, now resident on the Isle of Man, 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?
“Wow! So glad I’ve done my homework. What a rush!”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“The Paul Black racing CBR 400 I rode in 2016. After having a Collision up on the mountain with another rider in the 2nd night of practice, that set the tone for a disastrous fortnight.
We seemed to be constantly rebuilding the bike, engine failures, set up issues, injuries etc. Had it not been for all the good folk rallying around me I would have thrown the towel in mid practice week.”
Photo by Peter Faragher
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“2014 Manx newcomers race. Building your own bike with limited knowledge and sticking it on the podium is quite a special feeling.”
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“A former rider who I would say I look up to, if I was sat down would be ‘Yoda’ aka Chris Palmer.
Hes been a bit of a mentor to me since I started at the Manx. his knowledge of the circuit and bike set up is second to none. Without his input over the years I would have really struggled.”
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 6 lap C90 (Honda) race in mass start waves of 10. What a laugh that would be!”
Words by Stevie Rial