TT Privateers champion, multiple times a race winner at Terlicko, third in last years Superbike Classic TT, the ever cheerful Horst Saiger is the next racer to take on Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
Horst’s answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows.
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“TT is the ultimate race for me.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“Yamaha R1 and for classic I love both of my bikes, the Egli Vincent 500 and the ultra fast ZXR 750 from Greenall Racing.”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“Best part about the roads is the people and their passion for racing, I mean the riders and spectators as well.
Nobody is doing TT year after year only to be cool, it has to be a deeper passion inside somebody to go down Bray Hill flat out.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“TT is best, but I guess North West 200 is easier for me, I always struggle with going around corners really fast, but on the straights I’m really brave!”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“I guess John (McGuinness) is a guy I really look up to. He’s achieved so much but it’s his natural passion for road racing that keeps him doing what he does.
It’s not because of money or to be cool, I guess he is one that money didn’t change and loves his family, just a solid good guy.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“Best moment for me was my first podium at the Classic TT, and for sure when I passed Hillier, Rutter, Johnson in the very first lap.
The best part was that I was on Hillier’s bike from 2016, was a bit of a thankful smile under my helmet when I passed him.
To be fair I think I had the best bike out there and so I have to be sorry to the Greenall’s, to finish only third. But guys like Anstey, Michael Dunlop and Harrison are riding two or three level’s higher.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“I would love to have a road race in Switzerland, with the stunning surrounding mountains and villages that have still their charm from old buildings and farms.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
“I think Joey (Dunlop) is a real hero, it was his pure talent that let him win 26 TT’s.”
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
“Superbike is more easy for doing good on, doesn’t need that corner speed like a Supersport 600. But the Supersport is so much better to ride around the TT, it’s like holiday from the stability side.”
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“Fastest lap counts, pole is already forgotten right after the start.”
Words by Stevie Rial