Winner of the 2013 Lightweight Manx Grand Prix, plus multiple times a victor at Oliver’s Mount and the Southern 100, 400 class specialist Alistair Haworth is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
23rd in last years Lightweight Classic TT, his answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“Spring Cup at Oliver’s Mount. It’s always great to catch up with everyone again and there’s a real buzz to it, and excitement for the new season.
Also love Aberdare Park, that’s because it’s surreal, totally bonkers, superb fun and the organisers are exceptional.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“I love my 400 but it’s gotta be any of the 500 2 strokes. Just beautiful bikes.”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“The realism of the sport.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“Gotta be the TT.”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“This is a toughie. Gonna have to share it I’m afraid. Carolyn Sells for her achievements, Paul Gartland and Andy Farrell for being hard, fair and loving a ding dong battle.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“That’s easy. Winning the Manx Grand Prix in 2013.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“Just a return of road racing in general, to the UK mainland. Let’s hope the Welsh TT is the start.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
“I don’t really have superstar heroes. Everyone else is just another bloke in the paddock, trying to do their best. Working blokes busting a gut and rolling a bike to the start line, are the true heroes and backbone of road racing.”
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“Fastest lap always. That’s when everyone is bringing their A game, so getting it is always nice. Especially if it compliments a win too. Double nice!”
Words by Stevie Rial