Race winner, podium finisher at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, the Southern 100, Ulster Grand Prix, six times a top 10 TT finisher, Paul ‘Moz’ Owen is next to take part in Road Racing News rising in popularity, Manx GP Top 6 series.
Fourth within the 2009 Lightweight Manx Grand Prix, fourth in the inaugural Lightweight Classic 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?
“My first visit to the Manx was in 2009 when the Manx GP club opened up the 250cc class to TT riders. So I already knew the Mountain Course from when I first did the TT in 1996.”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“It’s always the Honda RS250. Best bike ever built. Its fast, light and handles.”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“I finished 4th on the 250 in the 2009 MGP but most treasured memory was when Nigel ‘Speedy’ John won the newcomers on my 250 that I borrowed him. Think it was 2005.”
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“That’s a tough question as there’s been a few. Alan Jackson JR getting the lap record on a 750, was quick then to see him and brother both do the TT and then to see there continuous support sponsoring riders at TT and Manx GP.”
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?
“I bet most people would say Marquez’s Moto GP bike or something modern. But I’d like to ride Steve Hislop’s Castrol Honda RC45.”
Words by Stevie Rial