Preparing for 2015
This season is going to be epic. it’s the same model of bike that I rode last year in Superstock 600, so I’ll be familiar with set-up: its just got a couple of extra horsepower stuck in it. I feel very comfortable on a 600 and I’m buzzing to see what this championship brings.
I definitely feel like things are falling into place. I just love riding my motorbike. I don’t have a favourite circuit and I love riding new places, trying to move forward with set-up until you’re looking for thousandths of a second in laptime. Its those sorts of things that I thrive on. In this game its sixty to seventy percent mental strength and I’m evolving everyday as a person, not just a motorbike racer. Racing is in my blood, its something that my head needs, its so addictive, you have to live for it.
Keeping physically fit is something that has to be done, but its also a healthy-body = healthy-mind thing. If you race motorbikes for so many years, you train muscles that you only use on the bike. Some people can bench-press 150 kilos, but if they tried to ride a 1000cc super bike round a track as fast as me, and pull and push and feel the weight of the thing, they’d be hanging after two corners.
I’ve also started playing squash for reaction times and concentration. It helps replicate the concentration required at high heart-rates. I’ve been doing a lot of this with Alastair Seeley, the BSB rider who is only three race wins away from taking the record of 15 NW200 race wins to become the most successful rider ever in history around the NW200 circuit. I could not be happier to have such an experienced and accomplished rider take interest in me and believe that I have potential.
Motocross helps too, and its where my roots are. When you’re training everyday in the gym, and with the intensity of circuit racing, you can go out with your motocross bike in a van, take a shovel, build a few jumps and have the craic. Its training because it works those bike-riding muscles, but its fun too. It kind of goes back to the favourite circuit thing, and the mental strength. A track has straights and corners; it doesn’t matter where it is. A motorbike’s got wheels and an engine. You get different kinds and there are different skills for them all, but keep your head in it and you’ll perform.
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