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Manx GP Top 6: Steven Horne

Established amongst Scotland’s rising roads stars, Peterhead’s Steven Horne is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News brand new for 2020, Manx GP Top 6 series.

20th, 13th within last August’s MGP Lightweight races, 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?

“Honestly my first thought was ‘holy s**t, Bray Hill is steep!’ Then once you do it flat out in top gear it’s the last thing on my mind.”

Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?

“My 2009 Kawasaki ER6 Super Twin, I had the bike for years and it has been a bit of a triggers broom with changing various parts and upgrades, etc.

I had a love hate relationship with that bike. It used to have it’s moments were something would go wrong and cost a fortune to put right and I’d threaten to sell it until I rode it again and it was all rosey again. I just recently broke it for parts.”

Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?

“Finishing my first Manx. After the disaster of my first year competing where I never finished a race, to come back and finish was like winning the lottery.

But there are so many, all the guys that come over and help me are friends and we have a great time, my dad coming over and surprising me was a highlight even though he hated watching it.”

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

“It’s quite difficult to single one out as there’s loads of lads I respect for competing at the Manx, it’s tough even getting all the things together and getting the help arranged to get to the Island, so the lads that are doing it year in year out and progressing.”

Photo by Nick Wheeler

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’m love to say any modern 1000cc bike but for enjoyment it would be a fast twin, I’d love a shot on Kev Watret’s KTS Super Twin that Jamie Coward rides.”

Words by Stevie Rial