Start­ing at num­ber one

Dave John­son

Motorcycle News (UK) - - TT 2017 PREVIEW -

If there’s one per­son who’s go­ing to feel tense on the grid it has to be the man who’ll be start­ing num­ber one on the grid – Nor­ton’s Dave John­son.

“I started at num­ber one at the Classic TT a few years back and it was okay. The big­gest dif­fer­ence is all the me­dia cov­er­age you get and the crowd of peo­ple around you on the grid,” John­son tells us.

“That’s a bit nerve-rack­ing at the start of the race, but once that’s over it’s vi­sor down and away you go. To be hon­est, it’s worse for me watch­ing other peo­ple go first! You watch them go down and think ‘s**t, it’s my turn now’ so maybe it’ll be bet­ter this time.

“I’m usu­ally pretty blank re­ally, while I’m rolling to the line I’ll of­ten look to see if there’s any­one I know in the crowd and nod my head to them. Then you’re by your­self and it is pretty scary and you do s**t your­self a bit. But once the guy is there and his hand is on your shoul­der every­thing just goes out of your head and you’re fo­cus­ing on what you have to do.”

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