‘I’d have to go in the fast group, just for the sake of my ego’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - GP leg­end Mick Grant

Q1. What are you rid­ing?

It’s quite em­bar­rass­ing re­ally – I’m rid­ing a BSA Ban­tam tri­als bike.

Q2. Who do you most ad­mire?

Valentino Rossi.

Q3. What’s your worst habit?

I find it very hard to say ‘no’.

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

Eternal life! I want to live a bit longer.

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

200mph with MCN at Brunt­ingth­orpe on a tuned Fire­blade. Ac­tu­ally it was 199mph and that read­ing was from the tim­ing lights, not the speedo.

Q6. When were you last scared?

I had a dream just the other night that I was rac­ing at the TT and got both wheels in the gut­ter some­where near Bish­op­scourt but luck­ily I woke up be­fore I went over the han­dle­bars. I used to pride my­self on be­ing re­ally ac­cu­rate round the TT course and can only re­mem­ber that hap­pen­ing for real on one oc­ca­sion, go­ing up May Hill in Ramsey on the Suzuki XR69. Rac­ing was a huge part of my life so I still have night­mares about crash­ing.

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

Only a few hun­dred be­cause I only ride tri­als bikes these days.

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

Prob­a­bly just down to Good­wood and back. I’m not a great long dis­tance rider be­cause I get fed up cruis­ing.

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

When I’m on the road, bad driv­ing. When I’m out tri­als rid­ing I get ir­ri­tated that I’m not as good as I think I am. I still think there’s a world cham­pion in me! I’m be­gin­ning to have sec­ond thoughts but I’m not giv­ing up just yet.

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

The bike ride of my dreams would be to ride my tri­als bike to the top of Ben Ne­vis. Sammy Miller did it 40 or 50 years ago. I’ve walked up quite a few times and it’s an awe­some trail.

Q11. Got one pearl of wis­dom for new rid­ers?

Lis­ten to the old farts be­cause we’ve been through it all!

Q12. Ever fallen off some­where em­bar­rass­ing?

I won the World For­mula 750 round at Sil­ver­stone in 1977 and was go­ing round on the my vic­tory lap wav­ing at the crowds when I fell off. I felt such a pr**k but I stood up and bowed to the crowd and they went wild! Wasn’t my fault though – un­known to me at the time I had a punc­ture and the tyre just jumped off the rim.

Q13. Do you have one es­sen­tial item of kit?

I al­ways use cy­clist’s knee pads un­der my trousers when I’m out on my tri­als bike be­cause you land on your knees quite a bit.

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

For sheer fun would have to be James Whitham, Steve Plater and Steve Par­rish. Oh, and Phil Read be­cause he’s al­ways putting his foot in it!

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

I’ve got a re­ally good work­shop. Time just drifts away in there. I love it.

Q16. Do you ad­just your sus­pen­sion?

Yes, sus­pen­sion set-up has al­ways been my spe­cial­ity.

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

My old Ve­lo­cette which was the very first bike I ever raced and on which I fin­ished in last place in my first TT. I man­aged to track it down but my wife over­heard and said I had enough bikes.

Q18. What kind of bike would you never buy?

I couldn’t see me buy­ing a chop­per. I like log­i­cal and prac­ti­cal things and chop­pers are nei­ther.

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

Oliver’s Mount. Al­though I would also need Peter Hil­l­aby (of the Auto 66 Club) to or­gan­ise the night out af­ter­wards!

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

I would make it il­le­gal to be po­lit­i­cally cor­rect. In fact, it would be trea­son.

‘I fell off dur­ing a vic­tory lap at Sil­ver­stone and felt such a pr**k’

Grant made the NW200 the fastest race in the UK with this 1975 750 Mick still wants to be tri­als world champ! X Just ahead of Sheene at Oliver’s Mount Hand­ing Clas­sic TTTT sil­ver to Mcguinness

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.