Set to this May/early June, tackle the TT Races for the first time, long time Manx GP competitor, Aberdare Park specialist Justin ‘Weeman’ Collins, is the next rider to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
Holder respectively of the 42 and 82 plates, for the Bennetts Lightweight, Monster Energy Supersport races at TT 2018, his answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“My favourite National Road meetings are the Aberdare Park Road Races and the Manx GP, but the Manx is best favoured due to how long the lap is, around the Mountain Course.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“I’ve only ever raced my Yamaha R6 as I am Yamaha mad, but I have just bought a new Kawasaki 650 for the lightweight race at the TT, so can’t wait to ride her down Bray Hill flat out!”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“I have always loved the adrenaline you experience when riding your bike close to trees, bushes and walls, it makes you feel more alive and of course it is legal this way.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“Never been able to afford to go over to any of these meetings due to my funds being low, as I am a privateer, but after 7 years at the Manx GP I am now finally racing at this years TT!!”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“I ain’t really got any rival as I respect all riders, whether it’s at a road race meeting or track meeting.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“2016 Senior Manx GP when I broke into the 19 minute lap club. I knocked 40 seconds off my previous PB lap time and had a badly sprained ankle plus lots of bruising to my thigh, as I came off a few nights before and clipped a lamp post at laurel bank.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“I would love to see one in my home city, a bit like the La Baneza Road Races in Spain.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
“Superbike, would love to do 200+ mph down the speed trap at Sulby Straight, on the Mountain Course.”
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“I’ve had both, but fastest lap is always better.”
Words by Stevie Rial