‘Peo­ple who sit in the out­side lane do my head in’

An­drew Shim is best known as Milky in the film and TV se­ries This is Eng­land

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Liam Mars­den WEB PRO­DUCER

Q1. What are you rid­ing?

A K7 Suzuki GSX-R750 track bike is my steed.

Q2. Which liv­ing mo­tor­cy­clist do you most ad­mire?

As much as it pains me to say it as a mas­sive Rossi fan, at the mo­ment it’s Marc Mar­quez. He’s young, fast and he’s just en­joy­ing what he does re­gard­less of whether peo­ple like him or not.

Q3. What’s your worst habit?

Wheely­ing on the road or treat­ing track days like a race.

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

I’d love to be able to drift a bike. It’s only hap­pened by ac­ci­dent so far. I can back it in, but when the back end starts to let go some­thing’s usu­ally about to go wrong. I’d love to be able to con­trol it.

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

187mph on my friend’s R1 at Snet­ter­ton on the back straight. I’d love to join the 200mph club.

Q6. When were you last scared?

Ev­ery lap I ride at Apex mo­tocross track near Birm­ing­ham. The table­top doesn’t look pos­si­ble and then when I leave it I’m just pray­ing while I’m in the air.

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

About 7000 on the road and 5000 on track. That’s 12,000 in to­tal.

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

About 300. My arse was giv­ing up!

Q9. What ir­ri­tates you most?

Peo­ple who sit in the out­side lane. They do my head in.

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

To Jerez, Por­ti­mao and Brno. Just load the van up and hit a few tracks.

Q11. Got one pearl of wis­dom for new rid­ers?

Just don’t ride like an id­iot on the road. Don’t treat it like a race track like I used to. There’s no prize for who can get down the A46 the fastest.

Q12. Ever fallen off some­where em­bar­rass­ing?

I popped a wheelie go­ing up the road in Rad­ford and a van pulled a U-turn. I ei­ther had to hit the van or head for the cen­tral reservation so I went for that and hit the rail­ings, wedg­ing the bike be­tween the rail­ings and a cam­era pole. It ripped the bike to shreds and I pretty much som­er­saulted and landed on my feet with­out a scratch. I was a young id­iot so I was only wear­ing jeans and a T-shirt. Some­body was shoot­ing a mu­sic video as well and the cam­era guy turned to watch the wheelie and caught the crash on film. I lost the guy’s num­ber so I never got a copy of the video.

Q13. Do you have one in­dis­pens­able item of kit?

My Arai hel­mets. When I was younger an Arai was the golden egg that I couldn’t af­ford. The only one I ever had was a handme- down from Shane Mead­ows (di­rec­tor of Thi­sisen­g­land) and I cher­ished it even though it was way past its sell by. I still have it now. Last year Arai agreed to spon­sor me, but they’re still my most pre­cious items. I clean them metic­u­lously.

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

Gor­don Ram­say, he’s a biker and he seems awe­some. John Mcguin­ness, and if I’m invit­ing him I pre­sume he’ll be able to get in touch with Rossi and in­vite him along! Then prob­a­bly Shane Mead­ows. Get him back in the sad­dle.

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

Prob­a­bly a ham­mer. It was al­ways my most com­monly used tool for straight­en­ing things when I was rac­ing.

Q16. Do you ad­just your sus­pen­sion?

Kind of, I’m learn­ing a lot from Max­ton.

Q17. You can have one of your old bikes back. Which one?

Prob­a­bly my first road bike. I’d love to have that lit­tle Derbi Senda 50 back.

Q18. What would you never buy?

Tricky, bloody hell. I backed out of buy­ing a Du­cati be­cause I wanted it for the track and it costs a lot more to re­pair a crashed Pani­gale than a Gixxer 750.

Q19. Which cor­ner would you have built on your desert is­land?

Clay Hill at Oul­ton Park. You can’t see where the bike’s go­ing - you just have to point and shoot.

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

I’d make a lane for specif­i­cally bikes. And I quite like the idea of no speed lim­its in some ar­eas – like they have on parts of the Isle of Man.

‘I pretty much som­er­saulted and landed on my feet’

He rode 12,000 miles last year and wants to learn to drift X


Shim shot to fame in Shane Mead­ows’ 2006 film


Test­ing one of Bri­tish firm DR Moto’s Mo­togp-spec ma­chines

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