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Jeremy McWilliams - Q&A

“I probably should have announced my retirement ten years ago but I never actually said that I would stop!” - Jeremy McWilliams.
By Neil Morrison

It has been over six years since Jeremy McWilliams last took to the track in MotoGP, but racing still plays as much a part in his life as ever.

The Ulsterman is enjoying a busy 2013, balancing team manager duties for the Rivamoto World Supersport outfit with some racing exploits of his own.

The team's first rider Jack Kennedy currently lies eighth in the WSS standings - in what is his first year of World Championship racing - and has impressed with a string of top ten finishes around tracks he has not seen before.

Former 250GP winner McWilliams, who remained the last British rider to take a MotoGP pole until Cal Crutchlow's Assen performance, has complimented his duties as team manager by peppering his calendar with occasional racing appearances.

The 49-year-old took his first road race victory at this year's North West 200 and recently announced that he will attend the Armoy Road Races in July with Ryan Farquhar's Vauxhall KMR team.

Crash.net spoke with Jeremy during last weekend's World Superbike event at Imola, to talk about Rivamoto's season so far, his 'return' to racing, and the upcoming rule changes that will be implemented across the WSBK paddock…

Crash.net:
I think it is fair to say Jack has impressed everybody with his speed so far this season. How would you rate the 2013 season so far in terms of his performance?

Jeremy McWilliams:
To be lying in the top eight in the championship is more than we expected from a rider coming from a national series. It's not just one-offs; he's been fast every time he's been on the bike. He learns tracks very quickly and he's got a very mature riding style. He rides with less risk than I've seen any other rider ride with before but he still manages to pull the lap time off.

We're in a good situation with Jack as he's doing everything he could be doing with what he's got. Of course we'd like to get him closer to the front but that's coming. It happened at the last race [at round six in Portimão] when we were just over ten seconds from the leaders.




Tagged as: McWilliams , Imola

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McWilliams, Imola WSS 2013
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Staring with McWilliams and Riva team, Australian WSBK test and race, 2014
Staring with McWilliams and Riva team, Australian WSBK test and race, 2014
Kennedy and McWilliams, WSS600, Jerez WSBK 2013
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McWilliams and Kennedy, WSS600 race, Turkish WSB 2013
McWilliams, Turkish WSB 2013
McWilliams and Kennedy, WSS600, British WSBK 2013
McWilliams, Blokhin, Kennedy, Russian WSS 2013
McWilliams, Russian WSS 2013
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Bridewell, Imola WSS 2013
Blokhin, Imola WSS 2013

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Andrew Fillingham

July 05, 2013 6:52 AM

Hello Crash, I enjoyed the interview with Jeremy McWilliams, but I didn't enjoy the same video cutting in every time I started a new page. It's been tiresome, now it's just getting beyond a joke. It goes like this ...Start page one - then totally unrelated sport video cuts in - have to move mouse to pause the video - start reading the same page again, start page 2 - same video cuts in again - have to move mouse again to pause the video - start reading page 2 again, start page 3 - same video cuts in again - have to move mouse AGAIN....can you see the pattern of increasing annoyance here? Why do you think that alienating your readers by forcing videos of different sports on them is a good idea? Please just stop it NOW! Why not just lets us select to watch videos of our own choice? I fully expect you to delete this post, censorship of offensive posts is understandable, but criticism of yourselves is unacceptable too? How about a vote of your readers on this matter?

Strider

July 05, 2013 6:30 PM

@Andrew I completely agree with you so liked your comment only for the page to refresh and have the video start all over again! I like to open several pages at once in a number of tabs, the result of which is multiple videos playing at once. It's just not acceptable. There are other revenue streams Crash should explore, I for one visit this site less and less nowadays and that is specifically due to these annoying videos.



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