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What’s the best race you pho­tographed? PG: French Grand Prix in 1988 at Paul Ri­card – four rid­ers go­ing for it, last lap, no-one knew who was go­ing to win. They all crossed the line wheely­ing and it was just an in­cred­i­ble race. DM: I think the last time the full cir­cuit was used at the Nur­bur­gring in 1979. The rid­ers were on the verge of strik­ing, but it was the end of the sea­son and Sheene, Roberts and Fer­arri were on roughly equal points. They didn’t want to race but they had to. I re­mem­ber Steve Par­rish wheel­ing out his Suzuki and say­ing he had a se­cret weapon; turns out he’d cut swastikas into his slicks. Safe to say it didn’t go down the way he hoped it would! But any­way, it was a hell of a race. GH: I wish I had all your mem­o­ries. I think the best for me was the last round at Va­len­cia last year – that kind of at­mos­phere is just bril­liant. So many plots and sto­ries, so much to play for and un­be­liev­able ten­sion.

Who’s the best rider you’ve ever pho­tographed? GH: Mar­quez. Just in­cred­i­ble. Or maybe Stoner. Be­cause of the way they throw the bike around, it’s so dra­matic. They’re out of shape all the time, fight­ing the bike, slid­ing and wheely­ing. DM: If I re­ally have to come up with one it’s Ge­off Duke. World cham­pion six times, should’ve been 10 times. His ti­tles were mostly won on sin­gle cylin­der Nor­tons against ex­otic MV Agus­tas, Gil­eras and Moto Guzzis. He lost three world ti­tles con­sec­u­tively be­cause his Avons shed their tread race af­ter race. And he still won six ti­tles. He was the Rossi of his gen­er­a­tion and the fa­ther of mod­ern rac­ing. First per­son to wear one-piece leathers, even. PG: Can’t be any­one other than Kevin Sch­wantz. He just broke the mould; wild, loose, all knees and el­bows, just hang­ing on to these un­ride­able ma­chines. Kevin just kicked the Ed­dies and the two Waynes, and was like, yee-har! while he did it.

Who’s the most over­rated rider? PG: Alex Criv­ille. He won his ti­tle be­cause Doohan didn’t. DM: Barry Sheene. Sorry. I hate say­ing it. He was a great rider and great for the sport, but he was there at a time when the Suzuki was head and shoul­ders above ev­ery­thing else. Al­most who­ever rode it was go­ing to win the ti­tle and

‘Barry Sheene had a higher opin­ion of him­self than per­haps he should’

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