‘I’D SCRAP HEL­MET LAWS IF I COULD’

He is the most suc­cess­ful WSB racer ever is now global am­bas­sador for Tri­umph

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Front Page - By Stu­art Barker MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

‘I ride road bikes way more now than when I was rac­ing’

Q1. What are you cur­rently rid­ing?

Mostly Tri­umphs now that I’m an am­bas­sador for them. I’ve got a Thruxton R and a Speed Triple R for the road and also a cou­ple of dirt bikes – a KTM 350 SX-F and a Honda CRF450. I’m about to take de­liv­ery of a Yamaha WR250 too.

Q2. Which liv­ing motorcyclist do you most ad­mire?

I guess I’d have to say Rossi be­cause to still be so fast and mo­ti­vated year af­ter year at that level is pretty im­pres­sive.

Q3. What’s your worst rid­ing habit?

Fart­ing! My wife says it’s be­cause I eat too fast. That’s noth­ing to do with rid­ing, is it?

Q4. If you could have one rid­ing su­per­power, what would it be?

I don’t need a su­per­power – I’m al­ready a leg­end!

Q5. What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone on a bike?

On the road, 70mph ob­vi­ously. On the track, about 190mph at Hock­en­heim. I did go to Brunt­ingth­orpe once on a tricked-up Du­cati to try and break some records but it blew up!

Q6. When were you last scared on a bike?

It wasn’t on a bike but the last time I went in an aero­plane with James Whitham fly­ing it I was pet­ri­fied! I’ve still not got over it. It was so windy we were blown all over the place and af­ter he landed he said we shouldn’t re­ally have been fly­ing in those con­di­tions. I thought “F*ckin’ hell, thanks for telling me that now!” I’m not a big fan of fly­ing any­way but that was just aw­ful.

Q7. How many miles have you done in the last year?

Not many be­cause I’ve been so busy and ev­ery time I wanted to go out for a ride it seemed to be p*ss­ing with rain. I like to get out in sum­mer when I can but it’s been hard to find the time.

Q8. What’s the high­est mileage you’ve cov­ered in one day?

I ride road bikes more now than I’ve ever done – way more than when I was rac­ing – and I re­ally en­joy it but I’m not a big-mileage type. Rac­ing was all about win­ning so I never re­ally got to en­joy rid­ing the bike whereas I can go for a ride now and just re­ally en­joy it much more. But I’ve not re­ally got any mates who do big trips, we’re more likely to do a few hours on dirt bikes.

Q9. What ir­ri­tates you most when you’re out rid­ing?

Car driv­ers. It’s hard to re­lax and en­joy the ride when you’re hav­ing to watch our for them all the time.

Q10. You’ve got two weeks off – where are you go­ing?

I’d do race week at the Isle of Man TT, then a week at Valentino Rossi’s ranch. Oh, and can I have a week to go trail rid­ing with the lads in Spain, too, please?

Q11. Got one pearl of wis­dom for new rid­ers?

Keep one fin­ger over the brake and ex­pect the un­ex­pected. As­sume that ev­ery car driver hasn’t seen you. Rac­ing was all about win­ning for Carl, not the enjoyment of rid­ing a bike fast

Q12. Ever fallen off in a car park (or some­where equally em­bar­rass­ing?)

I fell off try­ing to show off on New Year’s Eve. There was a pub called The Brown­hill Arms which sat next to Brown­hill Round­about in Black­burn and it was packed that night. I was 17 and rid­ing a 50cc Honda MB5 with some other mates on mopeds and I tried to out-brake them all into the round­about. I lost the front end and crashed into the round­about, much to the amuse­ment of all the drinkers.

Q13. Do you have one in­dis­pens­able item of kit?

My Dainese leather jacket. It suits the kind of rid­ing I do.

Q14. Which four peo­ple would you in­vite on a Sun­day blast?

I’d prob­a­bly take my mate, Jamie Whitham, as well as Ch­esca Miles, the stunt-rid­ing girl, and Lewis Hamil­ton. I want to show Lewis Hamil­ton what it’s like to do proper mo­tor­sport – ie, two wheels, which is much harder than four, ob­vi­ously – and then I’d just watch Ch­esca Miles out-wheelie Whitham and do stop­pies bet­ter than him too.

Q15. Do you have a tool you couldn’t live with­out?

I’d prob­a­bly say my ad­justable span­ner be­cause you can fix pretty much any­thing with that.

Q16. Do you ad­just your sus­pen­sion?

Yeah I can, and I do it quite of­ten on my mo­tocross bikes. I screw it in and out and back again and it never seems to make a blind bit of dif­fer­ence so I don’t know why I bother!

Q17. If you could have just one of your old bikes back, which would it be?

My 1994 world cham­pi­onship-win­ning Du­cati 916. Du­cati has one of them but I don’t know what hap­pened to the other bike. I should have had it writ­ten into my con­tract that year that if I won the ti­tle I’d get to keep the bike but I never did. The only one I’ve got is my 1998 ti­tle-win­ning bike.

Q18. What type of bike would you never buy?

Any Aprilia. I hate the name for starters and the bikes al­ways seem to be try­ing too hard to be some­thing they’re not. There are too many plas­tic bits go­ing on for me and bits stick­ing out ev­ery­where. And they sound s**t too.

Q19. Which road (or track) would you build on your desert is­land?

The old Assen cir­cuit from the 1990s that I won 12 out of 14 WSB races on.

Q20. If you ruled the world, what new law would you pass?

I’d scrap the com­pul­sory hel­met law. I think that choice should be down to the in­di­vid­ual. I’d never go on a mo­tor­way or any­where fast with­out a hel­met but I’d like to be able to pot­ter along the coast at 30mph on a sunny day with the wind in my hair. ■ Check out Foggy’s lat­est ad­ven­tures at his new site: www.carl­fog­a­rty.com

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