Be­come Valentino Rossi’s me­chanic

Aussie span­ners for the Doc­tor in the Yamaha Mo­togp squad

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“It’s all about word of mouth! I was a de­cent mo­tocross racer, and be­came an ap­pren­tice me­chanic for a bus com­pany to sup­port my habit. I be­came friends with great rid­ers and worked on their bikes, which led to peo­ple ask­ing about me when they were suc­cess­ful.

“One day, I was at home with a bro­ken tail­bone from a mo­tocross crash and the phone rang. It was the man­ager of the Aus­tralian Yamaha Mo­tocross Team, ask­ing if I would like to work for them. I took a huge pay cut and went for it. I then got of­fered a job in the

’93 mo­tocross sea­son, which led to a call from Jeremy Burgess with a job of­fer in road rac­ing.

“Nearly ev­ery me­chanic in Mo­togp has a sim­i­lar story. Al­most all have no of­fi­cial qual­i­fi­ca­tions in me­chan­ics. Most started help­ing a friend at a lo­cal club or bike shop, work­ing for free to get bet­ter and to meet more peo­ple. That’s how it starts. You need to be able to get on with oth­ers and talk to every­one about ev­ery­thing be­cause that’s how oth­ers find out about you. Word of mouth is the most pow­er­ful em­ploy­ment tool in this game.”

need en­durance. Your core strength is re­ally im­por­tant too. On some sec­tions of the TT I’m re­ally light on the con­trols, just us­ing my core to move around. I won’t train at the TT or North West as your body takes such a bat­ter­ing. I’ll do some swim­ming if I get the chance as it’s a good way to get the mus­cles to re­lax, or I’ll get out on the push bike and do a bit of light cy­cling.

“When I first started rac­ing we used to have a skin-full ev­ery Fri­day night. But now I try to be pro­fes­sional. After TT prac­tice I’ll have a huge carvery, or chicken and rice, as you’ve burnt so many calo­ries, and need to re­plen­ish. If I have two races in a day I’ll have a healthy break­fast, a light meal be­tween races, and stay off the drink un­til the last night. The TT re­ally takes it out of you, it’s im­por­tant you re­fuel and keep healthy.”

Tom Cruise

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