Aird from Scott wanted me to compere it for the punters that were there and I had a quick chat with John McGuinness, Shakey Byrne and all them. Jimmy said: "That was excellent James, really good. Just one thing. When you ask them a question you should
I went to see Simmo racing at Donington one year. He hadn't left a pass for me at the gate, so after I'd blagged my way in I made a beeline for his truck; an old Mercedes 608 thing, bikes in the back and living area in the front. I started into him, "Where's me bloody tickets?"...
1992 was the era of the Harris and ROC Yamahas; full-on GP bikes you could run reasonably competitively in a private team. Carl Fogarty and I were supposed to be in a new team, with a big sponsor and all that, but it never turned out that way! Nonetheless we raced at Macau on bra...
Back in 1988, I was riding for the official Suzuki Importer team, with Mez Mellor as the other rider and Mick Grant as manager. It wasn't a high budget affair and we all had to muck in as much as we could. We had eight bikes between us and rode TT F-1, Seniorstock, unlimited prod...
The only time you used to get to race at Silverstone in your early career was at the Marlboro Clubmans Finals. There were a load of top Clubbie people and there were a couple of us sharing a van, plus helpers.You always think Silverstone is flat, but there's a bit of a slope on i...
WHEN YOU WERE A kid did you ever want to appear on a TV program? I wrote to Jimmy Saville two or three times asking him to fix it for me to drive a tank, and even rang Noel Edmonds' Saturday Swapshop once. Well it's taken me 30 years, but I'm finally going to be appearing on a ...
Crutchlow, Tommy Hill, and James Haydon. No pressure then! Within a couple of sessions I felt at home on the bike and was really enjoying reacquainting myself with a track I always loved to ride. The only differences were a new chicane at the entrance
WELL, IT WAS bound to happen sooner or later I suppose. A commentator's worst nightmare. Jack (Burnicle) and me are up at Donington to do the commentary on the World Superbike round. Everything is going swimmingly, we're in the commentary booth half an hour before the first race,...
AT FIRST I thought a scuffle had broken out. I'd seen a similar thing when I drummed for The Po' Boys in some of the less salubrious local clubs. The first thing you see from the stage is the crowd part slightly, and then your eyes zero in and you make out two or more blokes atte...
WELL, IT'S BEEN another mental month. I have, though, found time to get out on my trials bike. A load of the BSB lads have got 'em now, and so a bunch of up-and-coming road race talent descended on my gaff armed to the teeth with new trials equipment and Lycra. Craig Jones, Cal C...
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