Extremely proficient on 250 machinery, Burscough’s Steven Howard who’s accomplished Classic TT CV includes a top ten placing within the Dunlop Lightweight encounter from 2016, is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News worldwide popular ten questions challenge.
Synonymous in recent times with Yamaha’s iconic TZ 250 steed, his answers to the popular series of questions are as follows:
Q1: Favourite National Roads Meeting?
“Classic TT/Manx GP. Although I would love a go at the Pre TT Classic Races, I will definitely try to have a go during at least one season.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Bike?
“Very tough question got to be my TZ 250B Yamaha though.”
Q3: What’s the best part of competing on the roads?
“The fact you get everything and more than any short circuit can offer and a fantastic impression of speed. But it’s the whole holiday atmosphere that goes with it, the respect each rider has for one another is brilliant and you make friends for life!”
Q4: TT, North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix?
“TT for me, Mountain Course the best circuit in the world, and I love the Isle of Man.”
Q5: Most Respected Rival?
“I have the upmost respect for every competitor, takes a lot of time, effort, bottle and money to compete.”
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Q6: Best roads moment thus far?
“Another tough question, I was over the moon in 2011 when I finished my Manx GP newcomers race.
In 2013 being first 125 home in the Ultra Lightweight Manx GP was pretty cool but 2017 lightweight Classic TT tops them, finishing 13th in a quality field gaining a silver replica and Bruce Anstey had that incredible ride in that race.”
Q7: Is their one place or country in the world, where you would like to see a roads meeting held?
“Be ace if New Brighton Road Races came back, it’s not a million miles from me. Some great roads in the West Lancashire and Southport area where I’m from, I’ve made a few tracks in my head.”
Q8: Who’s your road racing hero?
“Steve Hislop he was brilliant at everything, he was so fast and smooth on anything anywhere.”
Q9: Supersport or Superbike?
“Superbike there awesome and there’s still the chance of a two stroke ride in that class. But 250 GP is my favourite class.”
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
“Pole position makes life easier and can give a psychological advantage but I’d rather the fastest lap, with the race win. That would be the perfect day.”
Words by Stevie Rial