Road Racing News

On This Day: 28th January

Exactly two years ago, the latest racers to take part in Road Racing News Ten Questions Challenge series, were 2019 Ultra Lightweight Manx GP Race 2 runner-up Rad Hughes and son of the legendary Joey Dunlop, current Irish Road Race 125/Moto 3 Champion Gary Dunlop.

Just some of the highlights from the interviews with the above mentioned riders, were the following:

R.Hughes:

Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?

“The Southern 100. It’s long enough with evening practices so you can have a good catch up with everyone, and be able to have a sociable beer in the evening and a lie in. Fast circuit as well which appeals to me.”

Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?

“Favourite bike, I’ve enjoyed most bikes I’ve owned but the CBR 600 (Honda), I was loaned when I was without a 600 for the Manx in 2016 from James Cowton was spot on.

Bike never missed a beat and it, came with factory like support from Fran who couldn’t do enough to make sure it was immaculate for every session. I just didn’t ride it hard enough as wasn’t wanting to trash someone else’s bike.”

G.Dunlop:

Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?

“I don’t really enjoy much of it to be honest, I get myself too many bikes to look after and it gets quite stressful.

I also suffer badly from nerves before races as well which leaves me not the best company. I enjoy a pint after I suppose!”

Photo by Rod Neill

Q5: Most Respected Rival?

“I have a lot of respect for lots of riders, but I’ve had so much help from my cousins William and Paul Robinson, and Derek McGee has been a great help to me as well.

All three are so safe and fun to ride with, makes such a difference when you can trust another rider like I can with these boys.”

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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