a Du­cati 916 Brun­dle wishes for

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Dream Garage - SKY SPORTS F1 PUN­DIT Martin Brun­dle

1 Du­cati 916

I’d have my orig­i­nal 916 which I bought new in the mid ‘90s, and never should have sold. It was beau­ti­ful. The first time I ever rode it was for a pho­to­shoot and they wanted me to ride along­side a car. I didn’t know how to ride it – it was em­bar­rass­ing re­ally. Even­tu­ally I got bored with the pain in my wrists and hav­ing to wear a ruck­sack on my back and I bought a Tri­umph Sprint ST tourer.

2 Ariel Square Four

I al­ways re­mem­ber my dad hav­ing one and there would be room for one in my dream garage.

De­spite my dad rid­ing I was late get­ting into bikes. In 1994 we were mak­ing a video for Marl­boro at Catalunya, which was go­ing to be used for a sim­u­la­tor. We had a he­li­copter, two Yamaha YZR500 Grand Prix bikes and my F1 car – I was a works driver for Marl­boro Mclaren at the time.

It took three days of film­ing. Randy Mamola was one of the rid­ers and said: “Why don’t we swap?” We asked Mclaren and they said no, but Randy said I could still have a go on the Yamaha. I stepped into his leathers and boots and the next thing I’m go­ing down the pit lane on this 500 – the first time I’d rid­den a bike since my 50cc Garelli when I was 16. Luck­ily he told me to brake at 300 me­tres for the first cor­ner be­cause we brake at 80m in F1. For the first lap I couldn’t turn the bike and it took me so long to come back round the team thought I’d fallen off. I couldn’t get the bike to turn be­cause I was clue­less!

3 Brough Su­pe­rior

I’d have one of those old Brough Su­pe­ri­ors un­der the tree. Not re­ally my gig but looks handy for the kids’ pen­sions.

4 Honda RC45

It’s a bike that’s syn­ony­mous with the TT. It’s the brav­ery of those guys that gets me. I know Mcguin­ness quite well and I don’t even talk to him when I go to the Isle of Man. He scares me – you are talk­ing to some­one who is about to go out and ride that course.

5 Du­cati Su­per­leg­gera

I love the car­bon chas­sis and power, al­though the ex­haust de­sign looks dodgy. I need to go and learn how to ride bikes like these prop­erly. I did a Du­cati day at Sil­ver­stone and I re­alised how clue­less I am. I started try­ing things, but I need to go and learn some ba­sics.

That Square Four ought to be more suit­able than Randy’s YZR

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