35 YEARS OF HURT
Journalist Nick Harris and ex-rider Steve Parrish recall the last time a Brit stood on the top step
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...