With the new bike launch season finally underway and both the Intermot and Eicma shows on the horizon, we were keen to quiz the stars of the Devitt MCN Ally Pally Show & Supersprint to find out what they are looking forward to on next year’s biking calendar.
"Above all else, I am just looking forward to staying fit and healthy. As well as that, I have also signed a deal with LS2 to produce two replica helmets, which I am really pleased about.
"Finally, for the first time since stopping racing, I’m going to get a design which is how I had it when I was competing. There will be one from my days in World Superbikes and one from my TT racing.
"I am also excited to see the Brits do well in MotoGP and how Lorenzo will do at Honda. I love the way he races a motorcycle and when he’s on song, he’s unbeatable. Ducati will also be running the V4 in World Superbike and I want to see if they can be competitive against the Kawasaki of Jonathan Rea."
MCN will bring you images of the replica helmets as soon as we have them.
"I’m looking forward to hopefully having another summer like this one – it’s been great for motorcycling. We’ve also already paid to see the Mugello MotoGP in Italy. I haven’t been to Italy for a long time and I’ve never seen Rossi race at his home circuit.
"I’ve also ordered a new Kawasaki ZX-10RR too. I’ve asked for number nine, but I’m not sure if I’ll get it!"
"Next year will be very similar to this year event-wise. I have won the Scottish Six Days for the past few years and I hope to win that again, however it is getting a bit more challenging.
"I’m also riding more classic events in Europe, which is nice, and there’s between 300 and 500 riders taking part. It’s not too serious.
"It’s the same old, same old and I’m just loving what I’m doing. I’ve also got a few Red Bull projects in the pipeline."
"I’m just looking forward to a safe, full season of racing motorbikes. The biggest commitment will be with Norton at the TT and that’s the most important thing. That said, there are a few more weeks in the year that I need to occupy my time with.
"I’ll be at the London ExCel show with my bar and I’ll be bringing along some bikes and memorabilia. I’ll also be at the Classic TT and possibly the North West 200, should organisers allow the Norton to compete."
"I’m looking forward to the 2019 British Superbike season because you’re going to lose three of the main players in the championship, so I think a lot of the younger riders are going to have a chance to at least make The Showdown.
"It’ll be interesting to see how Leon Haslam gets on and I want to see how all these Triumph Moto2 bikes are going to be because they are physically bigger and I think they will have to be ridden a bit differently as they produce another 20bhp. I also want to see how Jake Dixon gets on. I like Jake and I get on with him really well.
"New bike-wise, I’m also looking forward to the possibility of a new BMW S1000RR, as everything suggests it will be something that is radically different, but still an across the frame four. I reckon it’ll have a cross-plane crank in it or something like that."