David Knight The man with four Enduro world titles and 23 British crowns dishes the dirt Q10. You’ve got two weeks off – where are you going?
Enduro star David Knight
Q1. What are you riding?
I’ve been on a Honda CRF450 because I won the British Enduro Extreme Championship for Honda.
Q2. Which living motorcyclist do you most admire?
I’d have to say both Travis Pastrana (freestyle motocrosser) and Toni Bou (multiple trials world champion). Travis is a good, happy-go-lucky kid and he’s just nuts! But he’s brought a lot of attention to the sport. Bou has been head and shoulders above everyone else in trials for so long, he’s a phenomenon.
Q3. What’s your worst habit?
Chocolate! During an Enduro race I’m forever firing M&M’S down me gob.
Q4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Q5. What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone on a bike?
I raced the Le Mans 24 Hour with the Jackson Racing team this year as teammate to John Mcguinness and Conor Cummins. I did about 190mph on the Fireblade down the main straight which was pretty scary, especially at night.
Q6. When were you last scared on a bike?
Not sure but every day one of my kids scares me. They’re nutters.
Q7. How many miles have you done in the last year?
Not enough because I’ve been injured. I sold my trackday bike too, so I’ve not been doing much riding.
Q8. What’s the highest mileage you’ve covered in one day?
Just over 1000 but that was driving to a race, not riding. On a bike, I wouldn’t have a clue. Some Enduro events last for 20 hours but you have team-mates so you share it out. A world Enduro round is about 200 miles.
Q9. What irritates you most when you’re out riding?
Walkers and mountain bikers who think they own everywhere. To watch the TT on my enduro bike. You can’t beat watching up on the mountain where no-one else can get to once the roads are closed.
Q11. Got one pearl of wisdom for new riders?
Take up tennis or golf. It’s cheaper and safer!
Q12. Ever fallen off somewhere embarrassing?
I’ve had loads of tumbles just messing around offroad but I’ve never crashed on tarmac. With all the supermoto races and track days I’ve done, it’s almost got to the point where I WANT to crash to get it out of the way!
Q13. Do you have one indispensable item of kit?
My Arai MXV helmet.
Q14. Who’d you invite on a Sunday blast?
Riding with my mates is what I still enjoy the most. You can win a world championship race one weekend then ride with your mates the next and it’s still the best.
Q15. Do you have a tool you couldn’t live without?
My suspension pump for bleeding shocks. It used to take hours by hand.
Q16. Do you adjust your suspension?
Yes all the time - probably too much.
Q17. If you could have one of your bikes back, which would it be?
My 2009 factory BMW G450X (bored out to 500cc). I’ve kept most of my bikes from 2003 to now and the one that would be worth the most is that oddball piece of crap but they are rare and a factory one like mine even more so.
Q18. What would you never buy?
That same bike! If I’d been given it at the time I would have kept it but I’m not going to spend money on it.
Q19. Which road (or track) would you build on your desert island?
I built one on my Island – the Isle of Man. It was the best motocross track I’ve ever ridden but the stopover’s – people who move here and do nothing but complain – moaned and the IOM planning department threatened me with a £25,000 fine if I ride on it.
Q20. If you ruled the world, what new law would you pass?
To be able to ride our bikes wherever we want.
‘I’ll get fined £25,000 if I use my own motocross track’
Out with fellow Manx resident Cal Crutchlow Knighter… a chocoholic who wants X-ray vision You don’t get to be a multi-british and World champ by accident