Road Racing News

Ten Questions Challenge – Mark Miller

2010 TT Zero winner, eighth within the Lightweight TT of 2015, third in the 2000 Macau Grand Prix, ex works Buell racer Mark Miller is the next rider to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.

Touted for many years as America’s leading international road racer, his answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:

Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?

“Got to be the Isle of Man TT, there’s just nothing else like it on the same scale.”

Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?

“I think my favourite ever must be a year 2000 Yamaha R7 chassis with a 1000cc R1 engine stuffed inside. 48mm (millimetres) flat-slide carburetors, zero electronic aids, handles like a dream, f*****g fast enough!.”

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

“The proximity of the fans, poles, cliffs, and pubs should your bike break mid-lap.”

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

“Gotta be the TT, lads and lasses. Although the North West does hold a special place in my heart for being the single most scary adventure I ever tried, once.

Mass start, in the rain, 200 mph top speeds. Holy hell. Would be super fun for me if not real but with a hand on my heart, I wasn’t brave enough to continue racing the North West.”

Q5: Most Respected Rival?

“Most respected I reckon was my good mate Paul ‘Shoey’ Shoesmith. He was just very well liked around the paddock.

He always had time for people, always said ‘flippin’ instead of ‘f****n’, which I always liked for some reason. He helped a lot of riders attend the TT and Ulster GP, and was a pretty damn good rider I believe lapping the TT course at over the 126 mph mark. Rest In Peace my friend.”

Q6: Best roads moment thus far?

“I’d say I enjoyed these days equally: 8th place in a Lightweight TT was pretty cool because the bikes are somewhat equal.

5th place in the 2013 Formula 1 Classic race, because I got to ride in anger an 1986 Eddie Lawson Factory Yamaha FZ750, which was such a special a bike. 1st Place in the 2010 TT Zero race, also because it was a very unique special handmade race bike by Michael Csysz, rest in peace.

And I guess 3rd place at the Macau Grand Prix in 2000 on one of those aforementioned R71 Yamaha’s, just an incredible all around machine, and standing on the podium with David Jefferies and Michael Rutter was just like out of a dream.”

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

“Somewhere near Pataya, Thailand, so after a days work we can start at The Trimby Bar before moving on to a local go-go bar for a Mekhong and coke.”

Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?

“David Jefferies, always. No one told him he was too big to be a winning professional road racer. He showed the world.”

Q9: Supersport or Superbike?

“Superbikes for their electronic aides, since a better lap time for any reason whatsoever is good for my fragile ego.”

Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?

“My problem was I was always good for a lap for pole, and often fastest lap racing in the AMA in the States, but my race craft was s***e!

It was very difficult for me to put together an entire race, well. And this is why I now live under a freeway.”

Words by Stevie Rial