Carrying an MGP CV which includes taking a fine third in the 2006 Senior encounter, ex Hallett Aviation Racing team member Stephen Oates is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, rising in popularity Manx GP Top 6 series.
Nine times a top 20 TT finisher, 15th within the 2010 Superbike TT finishing in front of high calibre International road racers such as John Burrows, Rico Penzkofer, Jimmy Moore and James McBride, 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 dream had come true after watching from Quarterbridge as a kid.”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“Got to be my R6 (Yamaha) that was my road bike as well as my race bike for my first Manx GP, with 20,000 miles on the clock.”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“Getting on the podium in the Senior, as a Manxman that was the goal.”
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“That’s easy Big H (Paul Hunt), another pully boy.”
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?
“Would have to be a two stroke or 500.”
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou