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Ten Questions Challenge – Herve Somson

An IRRC Superbike class points finisher in 2017 at Imatranajo and Schleiz, amongst a select group of French racers to have been victorious in the modern era at Circuit De Chimay.

Tenth place finisher in last Tuesday’s Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix Herve Somson, is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News ten questions challenge.

Herve’s answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:

Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?

“Definitely the Isle of Man Mountain Course. Only one word can describe the course: Wow!

But after the Mountain Course, I would say Gedinne (Belgium). There is no races anymore for modern bikes, but still on going with classic bikes.”

Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?

“My 2012 ZX10R Kawasaki. It was my first Superbike and I achieved my best performances with it.”

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

“For my part, it’s the ambience. In the paddock and all around the track with spectators. One big family!”

Photo by Nick Wheeler

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

“Regarding the TT, I don’t know, it was my first time this year on the Mountain Course and I’m not ready yet for the TT. That’s my point of view, maybe in a couple of years.

Regarding the North West 200 and Ulster GP, I’m looking forward to sampling both next year.”

Q5: Most Respected Rival?

“All road racers!”

Q6: Best roads moment thus far?

“My 2nd victory at Chimay in the National Superbike Junior class, after Mettet (B) in the same year.”

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

“I’ve no special idea about it, but one place that I would like to race at is the Cemetery Circuit in New Zealand, maybe one day.”

Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?

“I’m not a fan about specific riders generally, everyone is a hero, I just support in particular my team mate the Swiss rider John Pilloud.”

Q9: Supersport or Superbike?

“I don’t care, I take pleasure from both, that’s most important.”

Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?

“Fastest lap. The race is the most important!”

Words by Stevie Rial

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