| TT Website Interviews -
||You would be forgiven for not knowing who won last years 400cc
Lightweight TT after the controversy involving Geoff McMullan.
man is Kiwi Brett Richmond, who on only his third visit to the Island
won the race, but was denied the honour of climbing the top step of the
We spoke to Brett about the incidents last year,
and his plans for this year.
would like to start by asking you about last year first. You won the 400
Lightweight Race after much controversy. Before we talk about the troubles, you
must have been delighted to win a TT even after what happened?
It's always been a dream of mine to win a TT title and I did
it within three years at the Isle, which is a couple of years earlier than I
After the race I thought that there was no way I would
even be on the podium because my bike only ran on three cylinders during the
race which we later discovered was due to a crank bearing problem.
As we all know, you missed out on the opportunity
to stand on the top step of the rostrum. This must have been very disappointing
Looking back at it, being told that I came second was more of
a buzz than the anti-climax of winning 2 days after the race.
would have loved to be able to represent New Zealand on the rostrum especially
as this was the third time in a row a New Zealander had won this class but it
wasn't to be, and you just have to get on with it.
What are your opinions on what
went on after the race regarding Geoff McMullan?
Geoff seemed very, very happy with winning which does make me
wonder if he knew the bike was illegal. I mean if it was me, I wouldn't feel
too good about myself obviously and I doubt whether I would have shown the
emotions he did.
Were you happy with the way the
situation was dealt with by the officials regarding both McMullan and
Yes I was. My team manager, John Shand handled everything and
I was informed on a regular basis as to what was going on. From what I know the
officials followed the rulebook and were more than fair to all parties
Moving on now, what plans do you have
for this years TT?
Because of the controversy after the 400 race, I was all but
ignored by the media, which has resulted in me not yet securing rides for this
year. Honda is cutting back on their budget so I am forced to look
Are you interested in competing in the
larger classes at the TT at any stage in the future?
Most definitely. For this year I am hoping to race in the 400
Lightweight, Junior, Production, Formula 1 and Senior. I'll race
You are one of many New Zealanders
competing at the TT. What is it that attracts so many of you over to the Island
The Isle of Man TT has always had a high profile in New
Zealand particularly for me with kiwis like Graeme Crosby and the late Robert
Holden doing very well there. It is the most famous Road Race in the
What are your views on the TT as
an event, and the way it is organised?
It's a lot of fun with tons of things for people to see and
do and everyone is on the same buzz for motorcycles. I don't really have any
complaints apart from the fact that they can't organize the
Are there any improvements you would like
to see made at the TT?
The only improvements I can think of would be the weather and
making sure TT winners come back. Time is ticking away, and at the moment I am
without any machinery after doing well last year.
Changing the subject slightly, where else do you race during
I do a bit of racing in the UK and New Zealand but I was just
having a laugh and the bikes were a laugh as well. The TT is what the year is
based around really.
And looking in to the future,
what are your ambitions in the sport in particular regarding the TT?
I want to race in the British Championship at some level and
keep coming back to the TT while I'm still enjoying it.
Thank you for taking the time to speak to me, and best of luck
NOTE; Brett Richmond is
inviting interested parties regarding his proposed rides at the TT to contact
him at firstname.lastname@example.org