MOTO GP, Bikes and Me
My love of two wheels started at the age of eleven. My heart was set on racing.. I loved MOTO GP – (I still do) – and by the time I was twenty-one, I was winning British Motor Bike Championships. It was the start of a successful ten-year career.
They were fantastic days, and the sport itself is a great university for life – what you learn about people, yourself and the culture of sport is priceless.
One of the things that struck me in my early days is that being a good rider, is just not enough – it’s ‘expert knowledge’ that is also key. But that sort of knowledge is often deemed ‘top secret’ and is not willingly shared- if a team has spent £5000 on a practice day to work on an improvement that gives them the edge, you’re naturally not going to share it around, as that would be giving away the advantage. But some people in the racing world were very generous of spirit and simply wanted you to succeed; they were prepared to share a life’s work! I was lucky, as this generosity came my way on more than one occasion…