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‘Rob Her­ring? Wasn’t he “The nearly man of Bri­tish mo­tocross”?’ That’s a lit­tle harsh. Rob was ar­guably the bright­est star of a 90s gen­er­a­tion of home riders, win­ning 11 Bri­tish cham­pi­onships and one of the heroes of the Bri­tish team that won the Mo­tocross Des Na­tions in 1994 for the first time in 27 years. De­spite nu­mer­ous GP wins, how­ever, he never claimed a world ti­tle.

What brought it all to an end? A bro­ken wrist in 2000, fol­low­ing two pre­vi­ous break­ages. “I ended up with two bro­ken wrists within 12 months,” Rob told MCN. “I wasn’t men­tally ready to re­tire, but phys­i­cally I had to.”

What hap­pened next? “I hadn’t re­ally planned any­thing,’ Rob con­tin­ues. ‘So I did what most of the guys do: a bit of coach­ing.” Later, af­ter be­ing forced to close his mo­tocross

track, he drifted into build­ing work.

And that’s the end of the story? Not quite. An old friend, Lee Mor­ri­son, who’d started do­ing stunt work in the US, in­tro­duced Rob to top stunt co­or­di­na­tor Gary Pow­ell. “He was into mo­tocross, knew me from my Bri­tish cham­pi­onship days and said ‘How do you fancy a bit of film work?’ Two weeks later he rang up and said: ‘Right, we’re film­ing Casino Royale, come down and we’ll see how you get on.’ That was the start. I’ve worked with the two a lot over the years since then.”

Do­ing what ex­actly? “I’m not a stunt man. I spe­cialise in pre­ci­sion driv­ing and rid­ing. I’m the one rid­ing or driv­ing be­hind with all the cam­eras on. That said, I have some­times been on film. In the last Bond, Spec­tre, I was one of the driv­ers in the car chase in the snow. Mostly, though, I source bikes, adapt them to hold the cam­eras and ride them. I’ve about 16 ve­hi­cles all told. I en­joy be­ing be­hind the cam­era. I’d rather do that than be in front. That’s my niche.’

Apart from Spec­tre what other films have you been in? ‘I’ve done the last four Bonds. In Sky­fall I did all the bike rooftop stuff. In Quan­tum of So­lace I jumped a bike with cam­eras on into a boat. Lee was the stunt rider dou­bling as Bond and I

SUB­SCRIBE TODAY AND GET… CHOOSE FROM THREE EASYOPTIONS: Print Dig­i­tal Print & Dig­i­tal Her­ring was an 11-times Bri­tish champ In­jury cut short Her­ring’s MX ca­reer Sky­fall was one of the best bike chases ever – and Her­ring was in the sad­dle

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