35 YEARS OF HURT

Jour­nal­ist Nick Har­ris and ex-rider Steve Par­rish re­call the last time a Brit stood on the top step

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The veteran voice of Mo­togp and a hugely ex­pe­ri­enced jour­nal­ist, Nick Har­ris was one of the few who was there both in 1981 when Barry Sheen took Bri­tain’s last premier class win and again on Sun­day when Crutchlow ended the drought.

“Lit­tle did I re­alise when I was in An­der­stop in 1981 as a news­pa­per jour­nal­ist that I’d be wait­ing 35 years to cel­e­brate the next Bri­tish win­ner! There have been some close shaves in the past, but it’s a long time!

“It means so much to Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cling though, be­cause as much as we all want to push the sport in a big­ger way, it’s very hard to do that with­out a premier class win­ner.

“You can still go out in the street and men­tion Barry Sheene’s name and 90% of peo­ple know who he was. That’s great – but it was 35 years ago, and it’s time for that to change. We came close with Niall Macken­zie and Jeremy Mcwil­liams, and with Scott Red­ding and Bradley Smith – but for it to ac­tu­ally hap­pen is in­cred­i­ble.

“Cal is ac­tu­ally a bit like Barry in some ways too. He doesn’t mind what he says and who he says it to; they’re char­ac­ters.”

The last Bri­tish win­ner, Sheene was famed for be­ing ballsy and out­spo­ken, sounds fa­mil­iar...

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