Road Racing News

Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Michael Russell

2009 Senior Manx GP winner, 2013 Super Twins Manx GP winner, plus regularly more than a touch competitive at North Yorkshire’s ‘Mini TT’, Michael ‘Jack’ Russell is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, growing in popularity Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.

Set to sample the Dunlop Superbike, Royal London 360 Superstock, Senior races at TT 2019, his answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“First memory or Oliver’ Mount was been sat on the grid next to Ryan Farquhar and Ivan Lintin.

I hadn’t been riding bikes that long and Ivan was the reason I was there, and Ryan was an absolute hero to me back then, well still is.”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“Hard one to answer cause for me I am not a huge lover of short circuits, and its a short circuit with consequences in my eyes although it’s classed as a road race.

It is a fabulous track though, I love the undulations but I think for me it’s the marshals and the fans that make it special.”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“Love the start finish line section through to the back straight, it got a bit of everything where the bike is spinning, sliding and trying to revolve around the back wheel.”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“Leading a Supersport race back in 2008 in front of Ryan (Farquhar), Ivan (Lintin) and a plethora of names. Until the 4th lap when my chain broke down the back straight, and had to watch by the cafe.”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“Deano (Harrison) and Ivan (Lintin), both great lads but jeez can they ride a bike. Deano just looks effortless. I hate talent!!”

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

“Sidecar. Soon that will be done can’t wait.”

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?

“Total amaze balls.”

Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“Complete respect to anyone that takes on the Mount. It’s a great place with so many different aspects of racing.”

Words by Stevie Rial