10th within the 2009 Newcomers Manx Grand Prix, a recent rostrum finisher at Walderstown plus a very accomplished short circuits exponent, Sheffield’s Michael Gillan is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
Michael’s answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“Has to be the Kells Road Races, plenty of jumps and great atmosphere.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“Has to be the GSXR 1000 Suzuki I raced last year in the Superbike Cup, the Super Twin is also good fun and easy to throw about.”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“The atmosphere of road racing is brilliant, like one big family, and the adrenaline rush of racing on the roads is brilliant too.”
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Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“TT, great atmosphere and good racing.”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“Everyone who competes.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“Finishing 3rd in the Mondello Masters Superbike Cup last year. Competing at the Manx Grand Prix in 2009 and finishing in the top ten of the Newcomers A race.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“Be nice to see more road races in the west of Ireland, closer to home.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
“Superbike, plenty of power to pull out of the corner and fighting to keep the front wheel down, great fun.”
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“Fastest lap, you know you can win if you get the fastest lap.”
Words by Stevie Rial