Ian Watson Spring Cup race winner at Oliver’s Mount in 2012, eighth in the Superstock TT of 2013, the highly respected Steve Mercer is the next rider to take part in Road Racing News, ten questions challenge.
The ex Jackson Racing, Dafabet Devitt Racing, Team Traction Control, Penz 13 BMW, The Peoples Bike Team racer, answers to the popular series of questions are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“Think it’ll have to be the Ulster GP. There’s just something about that circuit. Everything just flows and feels amazing when you get on the pipe.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“Honda Fireblade every time.”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“When everything flows and the bikes are working with you. You feel your almost just sitting on the it for the ride then before you know it, you see the Chequered flag. And of course sense of achievement when your on your way home. That buzz lasts for weeks.”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“Isle of Man TT. It’s such a huge challenge. Mentally and physically. Just to finish one is a huge achievement.”
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“Everyone on the grid.”
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“2016 TT, Jackson Racing. We did well that year. 3 top 10’s and PB’s on every bike I rode.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“No not really.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
“John McGuinness. I really hope he comes back from his leg injury. He’s by far the most talented rider out there.
If he’s fit and happy and on a good bike he’ll still win a senior TT.”
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
“Love them both for different reasons. 600’s just make you smile. You can your really enjoy a 600 and get every last bit out of it.
The big Bikes are insane and super exhilarating. Through places like Greeba Castle (Mountain Course) they make my the hair in my neck stand on end. Priceless!”
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“Both are quite nice!”
Words by Stevie Rial