James Whitham - Q&A EXCLUSIVE.

They do talk about Shakey, which is good, but you look at their new guy, Canepa, who has been groomed through Superstock. If it was me, I'd go for someone like him. Trouble is, Fabrizio is not a guaranteed winner on the other bike, so they might not be able to afford to take a risk on Canepa. He is a quick kid though and he has the right attitude, so he has a lot going for him. There are Brits to look out for though, like Shakey, Camier and Crutchlow, although they are all a bit of an unknown quantity. As for Biaggi, he has had good bikes and is on a good bike, but he doesn't win very often and that is the reason why Bayliss will be such a hard act to follow.
Finally, the British Championship is enjoying a good season this year – beyond Byrne, who has stood out for you so far this year?

There is a lot to be happy about it you are a British race fan if you consider Camier, Crutchlow, Sykes... I think we are coming up to a strong patch and the next five years are going to be really good. Toseland has dropped off the pace a little bit, but already what he has done has been really good this season. I know Toseland and he would be a credit to any sport, because anything he wants to do, he has the attitude and the perseverance to make it work. He is not a man to roll over. A few bad results won't stop him from getting to where he wants to go. Good news for Brits in the 125 class too with Redding and Smith.

James' book, James Whitham – What a good do!, is available from all good bookstores now.

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James Whitham, WSBK Imola, 2006
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Tristan Palmer rounding Club Chicane in Race one at Thruxton on his Vivaldi Kawaskai. (Pic: Peter Downing)
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Gary Mason, Team Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha YZF R1 interviewed by TV on the grid
The winners of race one are interviewed by TV and radio
Red Piranha Racing`s Simon Andrews being interviewed.
John Reynolds checks out what his 2003 Suzuki will look like.
Leon Camier conducts an interview on the Donington Park podium
Apparently thats what they normally wear..!
WSBK regular Colin Edwards was a surprise guest at Cadwell Park
The Renegade Ducati girls do their Charlies Angels scene.
Sean Emmett in good company on the grid at Thruxton.
BSB stars do battle at Donington 2001.
Steve Hislop faces the press

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Grubby - Unregistered

August 02, 2008 6:52 PM

The first time I saw Jamie race was at Cadwell Park and he was on a Durex sponsored Suzuki. I thought he was an amazingly talented rider - fast, fearless and mad!. He has always come across as very likable, down to earth and a right good laugh! My only regret is that he didn''t have the success of Carl Fogarty. I know who I''d prefer to have been a multi World champion - the one from Yorkshire! He did have a bit of a good do though! Thanks for the entertaining races Jamie and I''m looking forward to reading the book.

jan - Unregistered

August 08, 2008 7:28 PM

I once saw Jamie Whitham coming out of a museum in Germany with a friend. I asked him if the museum was interesting and he said it was brilliant and I carried on walking. I shouted out ''Good Luck'' for the race tomorrow'' and he looked surprised. He should back ''Thanks a lot'' and I was told I shouldnt have done that as you should never say that to a rider. The next day he came off in the race and I got the blame :rolleyes:. So we never wish riders good luck anymore. :blush:

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