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Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Max Dixon

Third within the second Twins class encounter from July’s Barry Sheene Classic, up coming Wirral roads talent Max Dixon is the latest racer to take part in Road Racing News, hugely popular Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.

A top five finisher at the well attended 68th Scarborough Gold Cup, his answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“I came here when I was about 13 and watched the Cock O’The north, I can’t remember who won but think Farquhar (Ryan) was the man around then.”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“Probably the fact that ten years ago I was stood on the sideline watching it and now I’m out there having ago.

Whether I’m doing it well or not is another matter but god loves a trier, or so I’m told. Plus it’s steeped in history, I’ve got photos of my Grandad going into Mere Hairpin in the late forties and most of the road circuits he raced at are gone!”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“I’d say my favourite section when riding is probably the Esses and Monument. I’m not great over Jefferies Jumps which is where I like to watch from.”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“That’s got to be when I finished third and I’d only raced there once before, the best part of two years earlier.

Plus it was damp in places and I nearly dropped it coming out of Drury’s on the last lap when I touched the white line, my backside was like a Japanese flag. I was happy to cross the line after that moment!”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“All time favourite, tricky one that probably go with Dean Harrison although Guy (Martin) was handy around there as well.”

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

“I’d like to get a decent 600 to race there but I’d also enjoy taking a classic round there as well I reckon.”

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?

“Boss (Scouse for good).”

Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“Probably Mike Norbury. We both started at three sisters at about the same time and now he’s there or thereabouts against the top lads.

Joey Thompson’s another, I remember the first time I came here it was wet and I was going round thinking I was a legend and then he came past me over Jefferies Jump on the back wheel. Talk about bursting my bubble.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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