Holder of the ten plate for this years Junior, Senior Manx GP races, third within the Supersport B race of last years Southern 100, Stephen Smith who’s lapped the magical Mountain Course at over the 118 mph mark, is the next rider to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
The Liverpool racer’s answers to the popular series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“Definitely the Manx GP. I rode the Southern 100 last year too, but you just can’t beat the Mountain Course.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“My GSX-R 600 Suzuki, with my old Fireblade (Honda) close behind.”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“It’s hard to explain really, there’s a different buzz and atmosphere with roads meetings. The tracks are amazing too, there are corners and parts of track on roads circuits which short circuits just can’t compete against.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“Definitely the TT. The Ulster is also a great race to watch and I hope to ride there (maybe in 2019). The North West 200 hasn’t been great to watch the last few years, but Glenn (Irwin) has certainly revived it.”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“I don’t have one to be honest.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“Finishing on the podium at the Southern 100 last year was great, it was my first roads podium and I had a good race with some other riders. But finishing 11th and 12th at the Manx GP last year was great too.”
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“There’s a loop by where I live which I’ve always said would make a great roads circuit. It’s got everything from fast and slow corners, through a village and even a jump. But I can’t see a road race ever happening in south Liverpool!”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
“I don’t really have a single hero to be honest, I admire different things about different riders.”
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
“I prefer the Superbikes. I’m really looking forward to riding a big bike around the Isle of Man.”
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“I’ve never had a pole! I’ve set fastest laps but I’d prefer to be on pole. Although, fastest lap around the Mountain Course would be good. I can’t see that happening at the TT though!”
Words by Stevie Rial