Overall 22 times a podium finisher combined from short circuit, roads meets in 2019, Durham’s Ian Gardner is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, rising in popularity Manx GP Top 6 series.
Three times a top 20 finisher at the Manx, a top 30 finisher at the TT Races, 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 lap out on our own after the controlled lap, remember going into Greeba there was a car parked up on the drive on my right, it looked like it was ready to reverse onto the track so slackened off till I had another word with myself about the road been closed.
I knew which way to go but the speed the track comes at you especially from Kirk Michael to Ballaugh, I found my brain steaming. This without doubt is the most exhilarating course in the world nothing like it anywhere. All racers and every biker needs to visit the Island at least once.”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“All the Kawasaki bikes I have raced there are memorable the best one is when you get it all setup so she’s singing your tune all round the course. Love riding the ZXR 750 H1 though.”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“Every year there is something special to cherish but I think winning your first replica means you have something to treasure and show for your achievement.”
Photo by Traceys Pics
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“I respect many old and new competitors along with the organisers, the officials and lots of people who dedicate a lot of free time to riders and to ensuring this event keeps going.
Riders come and go and some break lap records and do the double which is a massive feat but ultimately first or last all riders have my respect for taking on the course.”
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?
“One of Mick Grant’s Kawasaki 750s.”
Words by Stevie Rial