Fifth in the 2011 Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix, but more known for his exploits at Oliver’s Mount, Scunthorpe’s most famous pure road racer Dan Frear is the next rider to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
The current 400 lap record holder at Scarborough, his answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“Having competed at Scarborough, Aberdare and Armoy, I’d have to say out of three, Scarborough (Oliver’s Mount).”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“Yamaha R6, although Roger Middleton’s Kawasaki ZXR 400 was effortless to ride fast.”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“Best part for me is the precision needed to ride fast on a street circuit, get it wrong and your in a mess, that gives me a buzz I don’t get on short circuits.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“Have only competed at the TT so has to be that.”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“My brother, Bud Frear, won’t ride for a few years then comes out of retirement and beats me.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“Winning a 600 race at the 2009 Scarborough Gold Cup, on a stock 600 beating John McGuinness, Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop, that felt good.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“Lincolnshire, the road from my village (winterton) to Cadwell Park would make for some race track.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“Pole position, fastest lap is no good if you come home 10th.”
Words by Stevie Rial