How TT win­ner es­caped Lon­don scooter scum af­ter scary chase

Ex-racer Mat Ox­ley es­capes scooter scum af­ter chase

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‘My lo­cal cop­shop been sold off for posh flats’ MAT OX­LEY

Ial­ways thought that when I was put in the sit­u­a­tion of some­one steal­ing my bike, I’d just stop and give them the keys, but when you’re ac­tu­ally faced with that choice, you make very dif­fer­ent de­ci­sions.”

It seemed like it was a fairly nor­mal Lon­don day for 1985 250 Pro­duc­tion TT-win­ner and for­mer MCN road tester and GP reporter Mat Ox­ley: “I was at the gym, work­ing on sort­ing out a few old rac­ing in­juries when I saw a youth check­ing out my Yamaha TMAX. At first, I thought he was just look­ing at it, but I could see that he was muck­ing about with it. All the time he was on his mo­bile and quickly I worked out what he was do­ing. He was on the phone get­ting re­in­force­ments so they could steal it.”

Yamaha TMAXs are the weapons of choice for scooter gangs in Lon­don, be­cause they’re as easy to ride as any twist-and-go but they’ll do 110mph and can carry lots of power tools un­der the seat. The fact that they’re bril­liant as prac­ti­cal trans­port in Lon­don is why the crim­i­nals want them, too. Mat said: “I ran out as fast as I could. When I got there, I could see that my glove­box lock had been screw­drivered. Although the TMAX is key­less, it has a sec­ondary ig­ni­tion switch un­der there, which they were try­ing to get at. “I got on the bike as fast as I could and rode off pretty rapidly, cut­ting through the traf­fic and fil­ter­ing pretty hard. But when I looked in my mir­rors a scooter was right there. He must have been go­ing like hell. It was then that I made the choice to flee; I didn’t know if I was go­ing to face a knife or an acid at­tack.

“So I went for a nar­row­ing gap be­tween a car and the bus. It was tight, but the scooter chas­ing me couldn’t make it. I ended up turn­ing down a street near my house through some twisties as quick as I could and the scooter was gone. I didn’t go out on my bike again for a few days.” Ox­ley later tweeted that he had to go into “full TT mode” to get away. He said: “It’s made me re­assess how I think about mo­tor­cy­cle se­cu­rity. We need to look af­ter our­selves as there are so few po­lice on the streets. I live in Lon­don, but the near­est po­lice sta­tion is over two miles away; that’s a huge dis­tance these days. My lo­cal cop-shop has been sold off to be­come a block of posh flats.”

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