‘Years later it made me an in­ter­net star!’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - JAMES WHITHAM BSB LEG­END

“I started my race ca­reer on smaller bikes but I didn’t know 20 years af­ter I raced against Carl Fog­a­rty on one it would be all over the net. I al­ready knew the 1991 bike was a cool road bike and it had a great chas­sis, in­verted fork and good power. On track it was far more nim­ble than the fourstroke 400s as you could stop and turn them so quickly, but as lovely as the RGV was to ride it was also frag­ile, which is why I lost out to Carl in that Oul­ton Park race.

“His bike was faster in a straight line than mine, but I could catch him up on the brakes and in the bends. How­ever, af­ter a few laps the RGV lost power and wouldn’t rev on. It turned out it had nipped a ring, which was a fairly typ­i­cal RGV is­sue due them hav­ing a cav­ernous ex­haust port that used to catch the edge of the rings! We were hav­ing a gen­uine gig­gle.”

Even the first­gen­er­a­tion RGV was stun­ning

Carl Fog­a­rty (31), leads Whitham. Google ‘Whitham, Foggy, Oul­ton’ to see the race

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