2019 Ultra Lightweight Race 1 victor, 2014 Newcomers C Race runner-up, popular French racer Lancelot Unissart is next to take part in Road Racing News rising in popularity, Manx GP Top 6 series.
Equally proficient on 400cc, variety of yesteryear racing steeds, 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 is like nowhere else. I had raced at International tracks like Le Mans, Magny-Cours, Cadwell Park, Donington Park and roads in Belgium, Chimay, Gedinne. But to have 37.73 miles to yourself flat out is a feeling you can not find elsewhere!”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“It has to be Danny Pullen’s trusty VFR400 (Honda). It was my newcomer bike and brought me the win last year. Apart from a sensor failure in the 2016 MGP, it has been faultless through the years.”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“Last year’s victory! I raced the 400 for 4 years, finishing the 2017 race 15th overall with the Twins, 1st 400.
I skipped 2018 and was back for 2019. With a mixed week of practice, I started 10th, I was the underdog. So to get up to speed and win was massive.”
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“Not one but all the competitors that come here year after year, with no other ambition than finishing a race on the Mountain 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?
“The Suter MMX500. Any GP bike would be great but the Suter is a race purpose 2 stroke bike with modern Superbike performance!”
Words by Stevie Rial