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Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Ian Simpson

1998 Senior TT winner, five times a North West 200 winner, 1997 Productive Powerbike series winner, the racing legend that is Ian Simpson is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, growing in popularity Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.

A race winner this year at Finland’s most famous roads course, Imatranajo, his answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“Be about maybe five or six years old, trying to look over the fence to watch my dad (Bill Simpson) racing. I can remember Austin Hockley winning a 250 race, maybe a 350 race and think Bill was second to him.”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“The atmosphere, racing in the British Championship and stuff is so serious, your just so stressed, Scarborough’s more about having a bit of fun.”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“Same as everybody else, the Jumps!”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“Remember racing with Jim Moodie in a 600 race and I beat him and that was a hard race. Jim was always a really hard man to beat, so dicing with Jim in the 600 race and winning it.”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“My dad (Bill Simpson).”

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

“The best bike I’ve ever ridden by miles is Steve Wheatman’s ex Kenny Roberts Jr 500 Suzuki two stroke.

The bike’s just amazing, it’s funny cause as I jumped off I said it’s the best bike I’ve ever ridden, don’t anybody touch that it’s just lovely.

Steve Plater rode it and said the exact same, Sean Emmett rode it and said the exact same, Scott Redding rode it and he said the exact same.”

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?

“Fun”

Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“Lot of good boys at Scarborough, Dean Ashton was always a good hard rider, Dean Ashton was a very underrated rider.

In his day he beat all the fast boys, Morrison (Brian), Fogarty (Carl), Whitham (Jamie). Dean Ashton was a lot better rider than people gave him credit for,

So I would say Dean Ashton, very underated rider on big horrible bikes, the more horrible and hideous the bike was the better he seemed to go.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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