Jeremy McWilliams - Q&A

Jack's maturing as a rider, it's difficult to come from BSB and to be fast. BSB is obviously very competitive; it's just over longer distance with new tracks and temperatures, things that you don't experience in 'Old Blighty'. I think he's adjusted very well and we're all delighted.
Because of Jack's quick adaption to the series, have you and the team adjusted your goals or expectations for the remainder of the season or are you still taking things as they come?

Jeremy McWilliams:
You mean do we expect him now to be jumping on the podium? There's no reason why it couldn't work out for him. On the circuits that he knows, you could see he was immediately fast at Assen, faster than he would have been anywhere else. He was in the top three or four all weekend.

For one reason or another we just didn't have it over race distance that day, but he knows in his mind that he's capable of pulling that off. But we're not expecting it, when it comes along it's an added bonus.
Have you got anything new to test or develop on the bike during the weekend or the post-race test?

Jeremy McWilliams:
I suppose we took it upon ourselves to give him a little more of a hand-up with the speed. I can't really say what, but we have some new things we are using and it's at least as good as what we have so far, we just need to stay on and develop it. We really needed for it to work this weekend but it's paying off so far.

We have a few things to try at the test to try and catch the real quick bikes. We're always just that little bit behind the outright top speed, but saying that Jack always does what he can with what we've got and he's doing a great job.
You had your first road racing experience at the 2012 North West 200 and you returned there this year with much success. You have recently entered the Armoy road races in the middle of July, how did this come about?

Jeremy McWilliams:
I suppose I choose things that I want to do. It's difficult to walk away from racing completely. I probably should have announced my retirement ten years ago but I never actually said that I would stop! Opportunities came along and sometimes when you look at it and weigh it up and you ask yourself: “Is it worth going out on a limb for a race like that?”

I think it is in every way for one race. It was the same at the North West, it was the right thing to do and it paid off. I looked at Armoy and I thought I like the layout and I have a friend who sponsors it and it's going to be a little bit of fun. I've got a weekend off so I'm going there to enjoy myself. I enjoy racing as much now as I did then.

If it works out all well and good, if it doesn't we'll still have fun. It won't be any different if we win or lose.
And you are also due to race a Harley Davidson at Indianapolis in August too?

Jeremy McWilliams:
I have another race in Indianapolis with Bloomington's Harley Davidson and I will be riding the XR1200 over there. I did that a couple of years ago and I won the British Championship on it. When these opportunities arrive they're just very difficult to turn down.

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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?


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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