20 Ques­tions

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?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Stuart Barker MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

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?

X-ray vi­sion.

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

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