Road Racing News

Ten Questions Challenge – Iain Hill

Over ten years a competitor around the fabled Mountain Course, Manx GP stalwart Iain Hill is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News worldwide popular, ten questions challenge.

Eighth within the 2000 Newcomers Lightweight Manx GP encounter, his answers to the popular series of questions are as follows:

Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?

“I fancy a ride at the Southern 100 so that one I guess. Very different, but I used to love racing at New Brighton Prom with the Wirral 100 club. That was my first introduction to racing with curbs, lamp posts and other street furniture, a great meeting.”

Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?

“I love my CBR 600RR (Honda) it’s still faster than I am, I still fancy a ride on a proper 250 though.”

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

“Flat out and airborne over St Ninian’s (Mountain Course), where else could you do that sort of thing. The friendships made and kept through the years of racing are some of the strongest.”

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

“TT, it’s the ultimate circuit (Mountain Course) and challenge all thrown into one.”

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Q5: Most Respected Rival?

“Anyone who lines up on the start line from the fastest to the slowest.”

Q6: Best roads moment thus far?

“Too many to pick just the one, each year there is something new. my first 110 mph lap is one, winning the first replica is another, there are riders who never manage that but still put it all on the line for the experience and chance.

I missed out on one during the 2000 Newcomers race, I started at the Manx the same year as Paul Corrin and Chris Dowling and they set a seriously hot pace.”

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

“The Welsh TT would be good not sure it will ever come off, there was talk of a road race on Anglesey a few years back but nothing lately.”

Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?

“Steve Hislop, smooth and unbeatable on his day, Bruce (Anstey) such a fighter and another rider who can do anything if he gets out of bed the right side that day.”

Q9: Supersport or Superbike?

“Supersport for me, I’ve never ridden a Superbike and the idea excites and scares me in equal measures.”

Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?

“Fastest lap”

Words by Stevie Rial

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