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Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Ben Long

Multi times a top six finisher at July’s Barry Sheene Classic, a top 15 finisher at the 68th Scarborough Gold Cup, up coming ‘Mount’ exponent Ben Long is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News acclaimed Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.

8th, 9th within the second, third Park Challenge encounters from the Aberdare Park Road Races of 2018, his answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“Not long after I passed my road bike test in 2005. It was a ride out with friends on a borrowed blade.”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“It’s the setting. There’s Something about it being under the trees on the mount side near the sea that I love. It’s just different.”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“I’m a relative newcomer really so I’m still learning but at the moment I’d say the climb from Mere to the Memorial is my favourite.”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“The first time I actually got to ride a race bike round there was pretty special. I’d been waiting for a long time to do it. Watching at Oliver’s Mount is what made me want to start racing in the first place.”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“It’s got to be Dean (Harrison). He will be winning there for many more years to come I reckon. Just brilliant to watch. I wish I was a second behind him.”

Q6: Is there one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?

“I used to have an Aprilia SXV Supermoto and loved it! A full grid of Supermoto’s would be a blast.”

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?

“Damp”

Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“I haven’t been racing there long enough to establish any real rivals yet but I respect anyone I race against. Especially at Scarborough.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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