The only MV Agusta mounted competitor combined from TT/MGP action in 2014, a top five finisher at the Pre TT Classic Road Races, Chapel en le Frith’s James Ford is next to take part in Road Racing News rising in popularity, Manx GP Top 6 series.
A very creditable fifth in the Newcomers B MGP of 2013, 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 can remember thinking to myself there was a lot I would have to learn to be fast around this circuit and how skilled and committed riders are that are quick around the course.”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“My MV Agusta 800 F3. It was a bit of a handful and I didn’t get it long before the Manx. If I had more time to set it up it would’ve been a real weapon but it looked impressive and sounded amazing.
I am proud to say I had the opportunity to race a MV Agusta around the Mountain Course like my hero John Hartle.”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“It was probably when I nearly missed the plane back home from the newcomers weekend, I was with Mark Castle the course instructor, I Just made the plane and all my fellow competitors cheered when I came through the door.”
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“Dave Ashton, my mentor and friend and winner of the 1978 MGP Newcomers Senior race.”
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 Britten V1000.”
Words by Stevie Rial