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Ten Questions Challenge – Ramon Basomba

Amongst a select group of Spanish racers in recent times to compete on the fabled Mountain Course, Ramon Basomba who banked a top 20 finish in last years Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix, is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News worldwide popular ten questions challenge.

Part of the Martimotos Racing fold alongside fellow countryman Raul Torras Martinez and Victor Lopez Santos, his answers to the popular series of questions are as follows:

Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?

“Isle of Man meetings are my favourite ones but also a huge fan of the North West 200.”

Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?

“Yamaha R6r 2008-2016 and the Kawasaki ZX-10R. Both for their stock preparation, good power engine, easy driving, easy working and good value for money.”

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

“The best part is the sensations that the bike transmits to you, you have more sensations and adrenaline with one lap on the Isle of Man than in ten years on short circuits.

Also special mention for everything that surrounds the road races, the good atmosphere, the drivers, the teams, the fans, the respect of all of them for what it means to compete in a road race meeting.”

Photo by Nick Wheeler

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

“The Mountain Course it’s the top one, the complete one, the longest, the most varied and most complicated route and also for it’s history.

North West 200 is where I’ve had most a feeling of speed in more than twenty years that I’ve been competing. It has a funny layout and the place is beautiful.

I was also surprised by the great organisation and infrastructure of both meetings, (North West 200/Manx GP).”

Q5: Most Respected Rival?

“My team mate Raul Torras is my most respected rival, from a modest team like Martimotos Racing, working many hours on his own on the bike and with an uncompetitive motorcycle for the road races, he has achieved excellent results.

I have no doubt that in one or two years, he’ll always be among the Top Ten of the meetings in which he participates. He’s an example of tenacity and professionalism.”

Q6: Best roads moment thus far?

“All the podiums achieved over the years have been important but I recognise the most the third position in Stock 1000 in the 24 Hours of Montmeló, and seventh in the general classification of 2018.

Getting a top ten with the high level of teams and riders was great, and I also remember my first victory in the Supersport category at the 24 Hours of Montmeló in 2009.”

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

“In my country it is a utopia but I would like to be able to recover the mythical 24 Hours of Montjuic in Barcelona.”

Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?

“Without a doubt my road racing hero are all our families for respecting, enjoying and suffering our passion but if I have to name a rider, I would say my friend Dave Madsen-Mygdal for the amount of TT’s finished, for his character, for his way of understanding the road races.”

Q9: Supersport or Superbike?

“Superbike for short circuits, Supersport for road races.”

Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?

“I prefer fastest lap during the race, more than pole position during qualifying.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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