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Interview with Michael de Bidaph (Gearlink Kawasaki)

My wife Norma comes to every race. She's much better at the PR, sponsorship and the social aspect of the team and most importantly, she feeds us!

She is very busy and over a weekend I don't think I've ever seen her sit down. I'm just worried she does too much, because she is always taking so much on, having said that though, the team couldn't function without her.

Crash.net:
Who is Joshua de Bidaph, has he got any connection to you?

Michael de Bidaph:
He's my nephew. My brother is bike mad and his son, Josh, used to watch us go racing and got the bug. He started going club racing last year using one of our bikes. Yes, he's family.

Crash.net:
What's with the green and orange colour scheme?

Michael de Bidaph:
I'm a firm believer that Kawasaki's should be green. We needed another colour though so we went for orange because it's Norma's favourite colour and it also ties in with Gearlink's company colour.

We presented the colours to Kawasaki Motors UK in 2008 when we became the official Kawasaki Supersport team and they said that they liked it and thought it was different. Whether you like it or not you can spot a Gearlink bike instantly.

Crash.net:
Take us through a normal race weekend?

Michael de Bidaph:
After finishing work, we'll arrive at the circuit first thing Thursday morning. Thursday is set up day and Friday is free practise, it is a very busy day on the Friday because we are now running Superstock 600's and Supersport bikes.

Every morning we're in the garage at 7am and if we're lucky, we'll finish at 6.30pm, though if we have a problem, it can be a lot later. Sometimes the boys can be working until 10 at night. Saturday is a very tense day because you've got qualifying and the first race in Supersport.

Comparatively Sunday is probably the easiest day because you've got more time on your hands. It's not that you're doing nothing it's just that everything that could be done has been done.

On Sundays I get very nervous, I'm absolutely dreadful. After warm up, the nearer it gets to the race, the worse I get. I'm just a bag of nerves. The riders are probably in a better state than me, they at least get the adrenalin rush.

We try to watch the races on the monitors, but at Thruxton I had to leave. I got to lap 4 and thought, 'I've got another 11 laps of this I just can't watch it'. It can be hard and sometimes you wonder why you do it!



Tagged as: Kawasaki , Suzuki , Assen , Thruxton

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Norma de Bidaph - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 12:20 PM

Thank you all for your kind messages. I love our team, I love my husband, I love all our riders, past and present. I love racing :-) Long may we continue to give you the entertainment. ((hugs))



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