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Manx GP Top 6: Mark Parrett

13 times a top 10 TT finisher, Mark Parrett who claimed the MGP’s biggest prize in 2002, taking the famous Senior crown, is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News rising in popularity, Manx GP Top 6 series.

2011 Formula Classic MGP winner, third within the 2004 Lightweight 400 TT, 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 had been going there doing the Manx 2 day trial for 10 years and thought I generally knew the circuit from road work on the trials bikes.

How wrong I was, my initial thought was how the hell will I learn all this in 1 week, I had never done a full lap until the Friday before first practice.”

Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?

“The ZX7R (Kawasaki) of Des Collins that was previously piloted by Blair Degerholm.”

Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?

“Got to be winning the Senior Race in 2002.”

Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?

“No one person in particular, there are many I admire but really every rider that gets to the start line.”

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Q5: Describe the Manx GP in one word?

“Awesome”

Q6: Finally, if you could race one machine from any series, championship around the Mountain Course, what would it be?

“I rode Chris Walker’s 2002 World Superbike in 2003 at the TT. It was the pukka thing, not a bitza, so unless I could have a Moto GP bike, I would probably struggle to better what I have already rode.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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