An excellent eighth within the 2018 Lightweight Classic TT, a top ten finisher in the 2013 Newcomers B MGP, prominent two stroke specialist Steve Ault is next to take part in Road Racing News, rising in popularity Manx GP Top 6 series.
Carrying a roads CV which also includes overall three MGP top twenty finishes, 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?
“The first time I raced the MGP (2013) I was shocked how suddenly being allowed to use all of the road, which I had expected to feel so wrong actually felt so natural!”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“My most memorable MGP bike is definitely my current TZ250 (Yamaha), it just feels so at home on the Mountain Course.”
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“Most treasured memory was the 2013 Super Twin race. It was damp most of the circuit & thick with fog up top, I loved it.
I knew I was going well in that race but unfortunately for me it was red flagged due to the weather during the 2nd lap.
There was a 2 lap re run soon after, I made it as far as Braddan church on lap one, already bearing down on the rider ahead & I ended up in the bales! The front washed out on the power exiting the corner!”
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“There isn’t really any one competitor I look up to but I’ve always (since before I started racing) had a huge respect for anyone with the balls to do it right down to the last placed man.”
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 would most like to race a 500 GP bike around the Mountain Course. YZR 500 (Yamaha) or an RG (Suzuki), two strokes rule!”
Words by Stevie Rial