The first rider in history to be victorious at both the TT and Pikes Peak, Bury’s Rob Barber is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
Rob’s answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“Favourite national road race has to be Tandragee it’s such an awesome course. Always leave wanting more.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“Favourite racing bike has to be my GSXR 600k7 (Suzuki), it’s such an easy bike to ride and I have some great memories on it.”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“The best part of competing on the roads is the personal challenge, coupled with fear of getting it wrong creates an unrivalled adrenaline rush.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“TT and Ulster Grand Prix are equal favourites, North West 200 I don’t like.”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“Most respected rivals have changed over the years. It started with Peter Baker but through the years we have grown as racers, also James McBride we have competed at club races, BSB, and road races together and I have the up most respect for him.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“Unfortunately I can’t separate my most memorable moment from the TT XGP race win at the Isle of Man TT in 2009, and my Pikes Peak electric class win in 2017. I’m really proud to be the only person in the world to win both historic races.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“It’s about to happen in 2018 the Welsh TT. I’ve spent the last couple of years riding in around my cousins hotel in Llandrindod Wells with a rider group called the 7ws.
I have to say the Welsh roads are the best I’ve ever ridden, and I really look forward to racing on them in 2018.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
“My racing hero is Robert Dunlop, I was sat in the grand stand in 1998 when he made his TT comeback after his bad crash, but what makes it better was he had crashed and broke his leg and wrist 3 weeks earlier at the North West 200, and he won and I remember thinking, if only I can be half as good as him.
They say you should never meet your hero, but I was lucky enough to and he was better than I thought, such a humble and nice guy.”
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
“Superbike due to my size, but I love my GSXR 600 (Suzuki).
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“Pole position, nothing beats winning.”
Words by Stevie Rial