A podium finisher last year, at the inaugural East Coast Racing Festival, part of the popular Road Riders TV series, from 2016, 125 specialist Melissa Kennedy, is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
Sixth and ninth in the most recent Ulster GP Ultra Lightweight encounters, her answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“Armoy. Has been one of my favourites from the beginning, quick and technical circuit.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“My Moto 3 Honda, but the 125 GP bikes will always have a wee place in my heart, it’s were I began.”
Photo by Rod Neill
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“The sheer thrill of being between hedges and heading towards trees poles etc, pushing yourself and competing against some real cool people.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“Ulster Grand Prix, my first ever road race. Maybe some day I will get to compete at the North West 200 though!”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“Nigel Moore. The most modest and down to earth man you could ever meet, and can for sure ride a 2 stroke. Was never as happy for someone to win a championship last season.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“Getting my first roads podium finish last season, in the 125/Moto 3 race at Killalane.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“Well right now the main one I want to see have every success, and obviously take part in is the Enniskillen 100, taking place at the end of June. My wee home circuit.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
“My brother Wayne who used to race, always looked up to him. Also Joey Dunlop, was always a hero in our house growing up.”
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
“They’re both too big for me ha ha! But if I could race one, I’ll say the 600!”
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
Words by Stevie Rial