Bike racing criticism
An enigma in that he likes the races but openly doesn’t want to race in them unless he really has to, for reasons of personal safety (and to be fair, no-one who’s been to the Island could criticise him for that). Living on the Island and seeing the state of the roads during the winter obvously has an effect! Took some criticism from certain quarters for taking a big pay-check off Honda on his return in 94, but the fact remains that he’s the fastest TT racer ever (fastest race average and 8-year long unofficial fastest lap) and remains the person most people would like to see back in the race. Very knowledgable and the only (quick) man to use the bus stop bike racing line into Ramsey.
Prefers the smaller 600s and (especially) 250s to the bigger bikes, which he feels are a bit too big and powerful now, but his coveted 250 win always eluded him. “The first time I went around Doran’s bend on a Superbike after years on a 250. I’d got used to brushing the side of my helmet against a hedge, using it as a marker. But the speed the (Super)bike flopped into the turn caught me out and I got an almighty whack on the side of the head, which left me a wee bit dazed for a while. I realised there was a wall behind the hedge that I’d never known about!”. On the bumpy Glenduff straight at around 175mph in 92 on the Norton, trying harder to beat Foggy: “The bars walloped from lock to lock and were hauled out of my hands. You get used to not being able to see properly, and being kicked out of the saddle, but I would have felt a little better if I had at least has my hands on the bars. You have to be wary that the pads may be knocked back in the calipers. It’s strange riding along at full speed pumping the brakes well before you need them, to push the pads back to the disc.”. Carl Fogarty Like Hislop, considers the race too dangerous and has nothing to prove.
New lap records
Set the lap record in 92 which remained unbeaten for 7 years, and his battles with Hislop in that and the previous year will probably be the last great TT races between top riders. Joey Dunlop Ulster, age: 47. The man is a genuine legend and probably the last TT racer (with Foggy) who will be competitive in both TT and world championship short circuits bike games . It would be difficult to find a more modest, quiet person than Dunlop. Circuit knowledge is second to none, and always benefits from mist over mountain accordingly. Thought too old now for a big-bike victory but set his personal fastest lap in the 99 F1 and may have won but for a tyre change. Still competitive on the 250s and 125s. Nick Jeffries sums up his style: “He’s so consistent and nowhere on the course is he slow.You can follow him for miles waiting for a mistake but it never happens.”. Passed his bike test in 97! Phil McCallen Ulster, age: 35. Earned his nickname of “Mad” in his early years, but nowadays a more mature (though still exciting) rider. “If I am running clear and comfortable in front of everyone else, then I am not going to take any chances. You don’t try to go at 125mph just to impress your mates or the crowd. It’s not something you would try just for the sake of it!” (’97 TT).