‘He de­serves it, he’s spent enough time in A&E try­ing to get there’ STEVE PAR­RISH

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“I was there 35 years ago at the Swedish Grand Prix. I’d never have thought we’d be wait­ing that long. It’s tre­men­dous, it’s great for the coun­try. It’s like the Olympics and the suc­cess we are hav­ing there, there might not be any mo­tor­cy­cling in the Olympics but we’ve had our own gold medal to­day.

“Cal has shown he’s got pace in Mo­togp so it’s not a com­plete sur­prise for him to win and Je­sus Christ he de­serves it, he’s spent enough time in A&E try­ing to get there! He has knocked the s**t out of him­self and it just goes to show that per­se­ver­ance and hard work def­i­nitely comes right and pays off in the end.

“Cal is a bit like Barry in that he’s not both­ered by what he says! It’s much harder for Cal than it was for Barry to be so open. There wasn’t any so­cial me­dia or any of that back then. He says what he means and some­times up­sets a few peo­ple but he’s a real charger and you can never knock any­one from that. You can stop peo­ple fall­ing off their mo­tor­bikes but you can’t make them fast.”

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