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Manx GP Top 6: Rhys Hardisty

Amongst the leading two stroke machinery exponents of his generation, leading Welsh roads talent Rhys Hardisty is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News rising in popularity, Manx GP Top 6 series.

Lead privateer in the 2016 Lightweight Classic TT, four times a top 15 finisher at the Manx Grand Prix, 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?

“Great Scott! What am I doing?”

Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?

“Yamaha TZ250, she didn’t get all the way round the first time I raced there on her but most fun I’ve ever had.”

Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?

“Lady luck didn’t look after me at the Manx but fondest memories are the people I’ve met and the officials that make the event what it is.”

Photo by Nick Wheeler

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

“Billy Redmayne and Malachi (Mitchell Thomas).”

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?

“500GP bike from the (Wayne) Rainey and (Kevin) Schwantz era.”

Words by Stevie Rial