An accomplished exponent of 400 machinery, eighth in last months second four lap Ultra Lightweight Manx GP encounter, Edinburgh’s Derek Wilkie is the 270th racer to take part in Road Racing News, worldwide popular ten questions challenge.
Derek’s answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“Armoy but love Dundrod and Tandragee and Skerries.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“I like something a bit different, so probably Foggy’s 916 Ducati.”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“There’s nothing like it, nothing close. The focus and concentration required is so much more than anything else I’ve done. I do night time mountain biking, triathlons but road racing gives you the rider the choice of what risk you want to take.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“Till this year I would of have said the Ulster GP, but it’s now 100 percent the Mountain Course.”
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“Anyone and everyone that puts their leathers on for the roads. So many talk, few do.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“Probably the first road race I done at Cookstown. Junior support B race, don’t know where I finished, but felt like I’d just won a world title.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. Some beautiful roads, surroundings and it’d save me a fortune in ferries, insurance and time off.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
“Hizzy (Steve Hislop).”
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
“Supersport for sure, think I’d s**t myself with a Superbike on the roads!”
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“Fastest lap, every time.”
Words by Stevie Rial