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Ten Questions Challenge – Alan Cunningham

A top 20 finisher within the Lightweight Manx Grand Prix of 2013, 26th in the following year’s Super Twins Manx GP, plus a former Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competitor, Reno Nevada based Alan Cunningham is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News worldwide popular ten questions challenge.

Backed in recent times by experienced Mountain Course stalwart John Batty, his answers to the popular series of questions are as follows:

Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?

“Manx Grand Prix”

Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?

“The SV 500 that I rode in 2014 at Pikes Peak.”

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

“Meeting people like Shaun Webster and John Batty, who give everything to this sport and help riders live their dreams.”

Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?

“Manx Grand Prix”

Q5: Most Respected Rival?

“A guy called Jason Catching, who I raced against on short courses here in the US over a number of years. Never managed to catch him.”

Q6: Best roads moment thus far?

“One Tuesday evening practice in 2014 at the Manx GP, dicing with bike #95 on the Mountain Course. He would pass me on the straights, I would out brake him into every corner.

For the complete lap we just had the most fun ever on a bike. We were fist bumping at the end of the lap and smiles went on forever.”

Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?

“A true road racing series would be great to have in the USA. There are a ton of great roads but the liability of road racing, makes it highly unlikely that there will ever be true road racing here.”

Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?

“Geoff Duke, my Dad had a two up ride around the Mountain Course from Geoff when my Dad was 19 years old. Watching Geoff ride shows how smooth, fast he really is.”

Q9: Supersport or Superbike?

“Neither, Super Twin.”

Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?

“Pole position as it usually leads to a win.”

Words by Stevie Rial