For over a decade consistently in contention for first rate results at Irish national roads events such as Faugheen, Skerries and Cookstown, 11th in the 2011 IRRC Superbike championship, the hugely respected John Walsh is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
John’s answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“My favourite circuit to ride was Skerries, but I enjoyed them all.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“My ex Martin Finnegan R1 Yamaha super bike was fantastic to ride, and I’m getting a spin on her again at Skerries this year, but I’d have to say my favourite was Peter Nolan’s ballistic BMW.”
Photo by John Burke Photography
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“I loved the whole buzz of getting ready to leave for each race, meeting your road race friends and families, the thrill of each circuit and getting to pin a super bike down roads you’d think twice about herding goats along.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“Ulster Grand Prix”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“Everyone who has the guts to go road racing has my respect.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“Coming too in the CT scanner in the Royal Belfast hospital, after my Ulster GP accident in 2016 and realising I wasn’t dead was nice.
Winning the first race at our revived Faugheen meeting where I first watched bikes as a young lad, was pretty cool as well.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“Road racing is a bit more common than people here realise. I raced all round Europe in the IRRC, it was fantastic.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
Words by Stevie Rial