Gravel trap punch-ups; what’s the big deal?
If you were watching the Moto3 race from Qatar last weekend, you’ll have seen the crash between Jeremy Alcoba and John McPhee. But in case you haven’t, I’ll tell you what happened. Alcoba clipped the back of Darryn Binder’s bike, hit the deck and sent his bike flying into... Read more
I can’t stop crashing
I think I’ve got a problem. I can’t stop crashing. And unfortunately it’s not a new phenomenon. I’ve spent my whole life riding, and usually crashing motorbikes. You’d have thought that someone who’s spent 25 years riding (and racing) bikes at any given opportunity ought to be half decent... Read more
Top tips to avoid a crash
You could probably argue that I’m not the best person to be doling out advice on how to avoid a crash. I have, after all, crashed more bikes than I care to remember. But, on the other side of the coin, perhaps I can help you learn from my... Read more
Preseason crash fest; is it worth the risk?
It’s usually about this time of year that some race team or another issues a press release about their star racer spannering themselves on a motocross bike. Although you’ve quite often got to read between the lines to figure out exactly what went on. They’ll usually refer to it... Read more
Broken bones and bankruptcy: is bike racing worth it?
Over the years, I’ve been admitted to hospital more times than I can remember, and every single time it’s been after an incident involving a motorbike. I soon learnt that injuries are the true cost of bike racing. Bones-wise, I’m running out of things to break; I’ve done both... Read more
Crash, Bang, Bugger…
Racing is a bit like having a poo: push too hard and it’ll end in a bloody mess. I’ve spent 2014 racing in the Ducati TriOptions Cup alongside the British Superbikes, and on one fateful Saturday afternoon at Silverstone, my ambition far outweighed my talent. When you see P1... Read more