Tony Carter Exclusive: 2-Stroke Passion, meeting Evel Knievel and crashing a Rocket!

Just who is Tony Carter? Eurosport’s British Superbike and World Superbike presenter Tony Carter is a man who divides opinion amongst race fans. His effervescent style of presenting both in the Paddock and in the studio is loved by some but not by others, some even taking to social media to vent their opinions; so ahead of this weekends big World Superbike round at Donington Park PaddockChatter decided to delve in to the background of the often criticised ‘TC’ to strip back the TV veneer and uncover the real Tony Carter.

Tony Carter testing the Moto Guzzi  Cruiser 1400 in France

Photo: Tony Carter

Where does your passion for motorcycles and motorcycle racing come from?
I come from a racing family, my dad raced Speedway and Grass Track and my granddad raced before that so I was brought up on a diet of Speedway and road racing from a very early age. I can just about remember Sheene and Roberts at Silverstone in ’79 when George Fogarty got in the way and cost Sheene the win, that’s a strong early memory of watching a race for me.

I was obsessed with Speedway as a kid, which eventually gave way to the road racing side of it. From there I did the usual route of schoolboy motocross and messing about on field bikes. As far back as I can remember motorcycles have been a major part of my life and even now, to this day, as soon as I smell shale and methanol it takes me instantly back to being a little kid being brought up in a Speedway pit while my dad got ready to race.

Was a move in to motorcycle media realised at an early age or did you pursue another career first?
I was all set to make a career in Animation, I wanted to be the next Ralph Bakshi or Fritz Freleng who are both seminal animators. I studied hard and won a place at a prestigious animation college in the UK, but when push came to shove I decided I wanted a motorcycle instead! Even though my dad raced he didn’t ride on the road but, like parents do, as soon as I wanted a bike to ride on the road, oh no, I couldn’t have one and I got the old ‘if you want a bike you’re buying it yourself,’ to which  my response was ‘fair enough, I’ll go and do that then!’.
The animation place fell by the wayside as I went looking for a job to pay for my new bike, I applied for many jobs but ended up training as a Chef. It was great money, and that was the only thing I was interested in, earning the money to buy a motorbike.
I always thought I’d go back to animation but the Head Chef, where I was working saw something in me and helped me on. I was trained in a classically French way, almost like a scholarship, working up from Commis Chef, to Chef de Partie to Senior Chef de Partie and eventually I ended up as a Saucier, where the likes of Gordon Ramsey work in the kitchen, that’s what I wanted, that’s where the action was and spent the next few years travelling the UK and Europe before becoming a Sous Chef and eventually Head Chef.  By the time I’d made Head Chef though I really didn’t want to do it anymore. Cheffing is a great buzz but when you get Senior you tend to move out of the fun stuff and into budgets, management etc. I really missed the buzz of service, I missed the buzz of cooking for 200 people paying up to £180 per head and producing really high quality food. So I decided to get out.
Does that role help with the TV work, listening to many different things simultaneously?
Very good point, as part of a Saucier your job was also ‘barker’, calling the orders and basically running the different sections of the kitchen under the pressure of service, so I could call the order in and I would listen to my different departments respond to me and at the same time be talking to the Maitre’D on the other side of the hot plate and cooking up several table’s food from scratch so, quite possibly, yes that helped with listening to the chaos that can be going on sometimes during a live TV show and still carrying on with what needs to happen in front of a camera. It’s probably not a conventional way to train up for it though…

Were bikes still a big draw at that point?
Motorcycles had been my passion, I’d had RD350s, lots of RGV250s, FZR600’s, if it was a head-banging bike I wanted one. I had no interest in anything that wasn’t sporty or I couldn’t go fast on but I had some massive crashes, I’ve still got scars dotted around to remind me of them. I didn’t bother learning to drive until I was 23, up until then my whole existence had been on bikes. I’d cover some big distances on my bikes in the worst kinds of weather. I didn’t care as long as I was riding.
I had a go at racing but I wasn’t very good so rather than piss away all my money I carried on with the sports bikes on the road and dabbled with the motocross on two-stroke RM250s, KX250s, a gorgeous YZ125 and another KX250 that had a full Pro Circuit on it but I snapped that in half, I got a jump COMPLETELY wrong  at the fast Ellsworth track in Cambridgeshire, as I got up I looked across and I could see the engine and the frame on one side of the track and the sub-frame and swing arm on the other side! I was mortified! It was SUCH a beautiful bike…

How did you come to the decision to pursue a career in media?
Ideally I wanted to work with something that was my passion, and obviously bikes were my passion, so I looked at it in the cold light of day; I’m not a very good racer, I’m too dumb to be a mechanic – all the lads I’ve ever met who are technicians and mechanics are bloody clever – I can’t sell bikes, I don’t have that ability to connect with people…I know that!…maybe I could do something in journalism as, after all, I used to buy every monthly magazine possible and devour them and it seemed like those lads doing that job were doing what I wanted to do for a living.

How did you get your break and how has it progressed since?
I wanted to do it properly so I did a foundation course through the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and then started writing unsolicited stuff and sending it in to MCN and all the monthly publications. I still have a folder that’s so full it can’t close because of all the rejection letters I received back from the likes of Superbike, Fast Bike, PB, Bike and MCN. I persevered and eventually through a line of mutual friends I got an interview with a young John Reynolds through Ben Atkins, former Team Boss of Reve Red Bull Racing. I spoke to Ben and initially asked him for an interview but he told me he’d got this young racer staying at his house, why didn’t I interview him instead? So just on the off chance I sat down with John Reynolds, just as he got in to 500cc Grand Prix racing, and he was great, really accommodating and Ben himself was brilliant, he helped me so much.

With John Reynolds and the RAF at Angelsey, Wales

Photo: Tony Carter
I packaged the interview up and sent it in to MCN; at that time I was working for Bike magazine between cheffing shifts just doing  ‘noddy’ jobs and the editor at the time, Chris Dabbs, said ‘keep going, keep persevering it’ll come, be diligent’. He gave me filing jobs and little bits to help towards to running of the magazine then, out of the blue, I ended up doing a Knee-Slider test for RiDE Magazine, back in the day when getting your knee down on the road was a big thing. Off I went with a big box of sliders, a photographer and my RGV250 to a roundabout to do this test, during it I had a massive slide and as the bike snapped back in line I damaged my back, which subsequently required an operation. I  had a big hole in my back, I had to lay on my front for 6 weeks with this bloody hole in my back healing up and completely forgot about the Reynolds interview I’d sent…
I returned to Bike magazine just doing the little jobs and not long after I’d been back I received a phone call from the editor of MCNs PA asking where I was because my interview with MCN’s Editor was scheduled for half an hour ago. They’d sent a letter to my house but it never arrived, ever.  So I panicked, struggled to the car and got over there and had THE most uncomfortable interview ever. Perched on the edge of a seat in the Editor’s office, in my scruffy clothes with the hole in my back weeping away.  I just sat there thinking ‘this is not my best interview’ but I got taken on as a Trainee Reporter – I couldn’t believe it.
I left the Chef world behind taking a 75% pay cut in the process but, even though I was doing naff jobs every day as I learnt the ropes, I walked in to that building with a smile on my face because I was now officially working with bikes! 
MCN back then was a recognised as a true newspaper, would you say that was the best grounding you could have had?
Yes, without question. I got my Diploma in Newspaper Journalism through them, you learned proper newspaper journalism there and trained alongside guys from the daily national newspapers, I’m certified in shorthand up to 150 words per minute and we worked to the standard of the National newspapers, Motorcycle News was absolutely a real newspaper. I trained with the likes of Bertie Simmonds and Marc Potter, I firmly believe their longevity in the industry is down to that training and two finer journalists you’ll struggle to find, their integrity is solid. The one thing we are is bike nuts,  we’re not, and I hope this comes across well in what we do – but after reading some comments on Twitter about myself, I’m not so sure it does – media types who’ve come in to motorcycling late, it was our passion before any of this happened, we’re real, true-blue, lifelong bikers who became professional, highly-trained journalists.
Did you adapt quickly to the new role?
Yeah definitely. The people there were great and even though I highsided a CBR600, with some 11 miles on the clock, in to a parked car right outside the old offices in Kettering, writing the bike off and messing my leg up, Sean Warwick who was the Editor at the time, the most incredible guy – the man who gave me my shot, still decided to keep me on… God love that man for being so cool about the new kid who was already wrecking bikes in stupid ways!

If MCN was the beginning of your career, where did that then take you?
After a great few years at MCN I became the editor of Dirt Bike Rider magazine and from there I became the editor of Motorcycle Racer magazine then Publisher  and then owner of Motorcycle Racer magazine. Motorcycle Sports and Leisure was next as Editor. I launched a magazine to rival DBR called MotoX. We brought over Jonathan Bentman, a great guy from New Zealand who’s like Hugh Grant but with a fetish for motocross, to be Editor, so I eventually owned three magazines which is what I wanted… this will sound awful… but I wanted to be able to ride motocross when I wanted, I wanted to be able to ride a road bike when I wanted and I wanted to go to the races when I wanted so that’s why I ended up running MotoX, MSL and Racer! 

They’re three quality magazines, how did you manage them all?
We had Dave Moore from Greenlight TV who make all those amazing bike race documentaries and he’s just brilliant, I’ve never spoken to a guy who knows more about the pulse and soul of what race fans wanted. His programmes are just brilliant, no question, if I see something on the TV where Dave Moore is involved, I watch it. Dave worked on MSL for a short period of time but it didn’t work out mainly because of me and nothing to do with Dave. I, at the time, managed the situation really badly and is a massive regret of mine, I really rated Dave and I still really rate Dave but it was something I managed poorly and he was only there for a short space of time before he said ‘this isn’t for me’. I was more annoyed that this wonderful touch that Dave has, I couldn’t bring out and put it in to this magazine. I genuinely thought if I could tap in to it we’d sell a shit-load of mags and make some good money. However now I get to sit, like everyone else, and watch Dave make some amazing TV, so it’s a kind of lose/win situation. I wish I’d done better by Dave, I really do.
We were fortunate to have Ian Wheeler to work on MCR as editor while I published it and I thought what he did with the magazine was just brilliant. I edited 76 issues of Racer and had taken it as far as I could and Ian came in like a breath of fresh air and took the magazine by the scruff of the neck and ran with it. More through doggedness and determination than anything, Ian bought that magazine several more years of life and took it to the next level. I’d had companies telling me it wouldn’t survive as it was a niche within a niche, but it was Ian that pushed it once I’d moved on. The covers in particular were stunning, kind of like ‘check me out’ style. When we looked at one particular issue with Andrew Pitt on the cover, I looked at it and thought ‘I’d never have done that’. Ian Wheeler did Racer like it was the most knowledgeable race mate you’ve ever had. Anyone who works for Racer now or in the future should thank Ian for giving the mag more years of life. The nicest guy to be around and I really did drop lucky with JB, Ian and Dave.
These days I am Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure and I also put together  the TT publication Island Racer each year, that’s a big publication that takes about four months to make. Still busy enough and I keep across all the testing of most of the new bikes made, doing launches and various test riding duties throughout the year.
You’ve had a varied career in editing and publishing, how did you find time for anything else?
Very busy at times but it was my passion so it wasn’t just a 9 to 5 job. I made the decision to return to MCN as Head of News under Marc Potter, I’d taken the monthly publications as far as I could and after a couple of chats with ‘Potski’ I returned to the fold but outside of the mainstream motorcycle media I worked with Rob McElnea for three years as Press Officer when they were running the Virgin Mobile sponsorship in British Superbikes. That was a real eye-opener to that side of the sport, one that you don’t ordinarily get to see, dealing with Rob and the riders, one of which was James Haydon. We also had Steve Hislop, now working with and knowing Hizzy were two different things, I loved the guy but boy could he be hard work! Everyone who’s ever worked with him will say the same, a flawed genius. What Rob gave me is a real understanding of the intricacies of a superbike team and how it works. I was at every session of every race and was part of the team, not a pit lane nob as I am now, but working as part of that team was invaluable in understanding how it all works.

TC’s pride and joy, his RGV250 Special

Photo: Tony Carter

Has your passion always been track racing or do you enjoy road racing too?
I was TT lead reporter for ten years whilst at MCN and as I said earlier put Island Racer together, and I’ve seen the very good and the very bad on the Roads. I’ve wished riders a safe race only for them not to return and that side is important to understand the realities of the sport and what the guys sign up to.

They’re all grown-ups, they understand the situation and accept the challenge, look at what Karl Harris and Josh Brookes are doing this year, just fantastic. Then you look at McGuiness, Donald, Anstey, Dunlop, Johnson, Martin and Cummins, these guys are the true gladiators of this world. For these guys it’s all about the race, nothing more. Man versus Clock, the purest form of racing.

I was on the Island in 2002 when Hizzy was on the Abus Norton and Foggy on the Yamaha OW01 going head to head for the Senior TT. We were booked to go home on the Thursday but, like many many others we decided to stay on. As luck would have it we were at the Gooseneck when they closed the roads and watched one of the greatest TTs of all time from one of the most iconic spots on the course. We spent almost 48 hours in the stand-by queue for the ferry home as so many people had stayed behind to watch the race, on the way home I was so tired I actually fell asleep on the M6 on my RGV, I rested my chin on the tank-bag and drifted off, only for a couple of seconds at the most, but enough to scare the life out of me so we took to the back roads for the rest of the trip home!

Working with bikes and racing you must have some great stories to tell, what are the bigger highlights of time in media?
As far as biggest highlights go I’ve been lucky enough to ride 500cc GP bikes, a couple of WSB and a couple of BSB bikes, I’ve even passengered for Steve Webster at Paul Ricard in France for 5 laps! Steve and his passenger at the time, David James, made me wear motocross gloves and trainers for the ride as my own kit (regular boots and gloves) wouldn’t allow me to move around on the tray as I needed to. Towards the end of the Lap at Ricard there’s a long right-hander, we’re going properly quick on the GP two-stroke outfit and I’m hanging off as much as possible, upside down and looking backwards, thinking how cool it would be to come back with scrape marks on the top of my helmet and then I was aware that I’m looking into the eyes of Adolf Hanni, the passenger for Klaus Klaffenblock who’s staring straight at me shaking his head – this is at probably 100mph round the corner. I thought ‘why’s he doing that then?’ when all of a sudden he disappeared from view as the track went left and I’m still hanging over the right side of the outfit. 
The machine went up on two wheels because I was in completely the wrong place on the chair and it was only Webbo’s skill that set it back down again as Hanni comes past giving me the wanker sign-which let’s be honest was totally fair enough! After we came back in, me absolutely knackered, I stood out the back of the garage to gather myself as Hanni comes storming over poking me in the chest shouting ‘you stick to writing stories!’ apparently I’d fucked up a really good lap for them as well as Steve. Webbo got between us and told Hanni where to go, I felt like a 3 year old who’d just been told off at playgroup!
I was very fortunate to ride a factory Honda NSR 500 V4 at Donington Park for what was meant to be four laps, just me, no queue of journos waiting for their turn. The team were timing me on a calendar, looking unimpressed and by lap three had been for lunch and back, on lap 4 the ‘In’ board came out but I shook my head and carried on going, each time I went past they looked more and more irate. I’m on a factory V4 Honda you’ve no chance of getting me in, “bollocks” I thought, “I’m staying out”.
Coming down to the Melbourne Loop the bike ran out of fuel, I caught it on the clutch and pushed it back to the pits via the pits back entrance. The team came running over, I’ve never been confronted by a more angry mob – they had more hate for me than Andy George and Craig Robertson do! I stopped dead, leaned the bike against my leg and shouted ‘no gas! no gas!’. They snatched the bike off me, giving me proper dagger eyes and left me standing there so I went to get changed; as I was changing the team boss came in all stern shouting ‘what were you doing!’. I said ‘this is my dream, all my life I dream of riding this bike and the In board means the end of my dream so I stay out…’ The boss storms of but returns a couple of minutes later, puts his arm around me and says ‘I understand, I would do the same’. More relief in that point than I’d ever felt before.
I embarrasingly crashed Niall MacKenzies Cadbury’s Boost YZF750 at Cartegena in Spain two weeks before the start of the season. I was  on the #1 bike and Niall on #2 bike, I was well happy as I’d chopped 22 seconds off my previous lap best after following Niall and could just (just)keep  up with Callum Ramsey on his 250cc bike on the track, but that was mostly down to the 750’s power I had under me and Callum being ever so nice to a wobbly twat riding round… As we came in, Rob pointed at his feet for me to pull up and as I trailed the front brake riding up to him, the front locked on the sandy pit lane and I dropped the bike! The bike was laid there revving its tits off, Rob reached for the kill switch and tried to kick my arse, as in literally kick my arse! But he couldn’t because he had a bad back… I was lucky.
I was getting changed in the truck afterwards when Niall came in laughing, I said ‘don’t laugh’ but he said ‘ah we’ve all done it, but you’ve just done it in front of 18 teams, they all now know who you are…’ some way to announce your arrival in the BSB pit lane back then! As punishment I had to hoover the garage and buy the team a Chinese that night. The team presented me with the broken foot peg mounted on a plinth and a time sheet that was looking really good until the large OUCH written in at the end… bless them.
And off-bike highlights?
Off bike I’ve interviewed Wayne Rainey, a massive honour for me, and the biggest of all was tracking down Evel Knievel, my all time hero. I spoke to him on the phone and asked if we could meet so I went over to Florida and we chatted about all sorts of things from his career and it was that that set Richard Hammond to do his TV programme on EK which I’m not massively proud of… 
Why not?
I gave Hammond my Knievel contact details and notes and off he went but the programme itself didn’t show the old boy enough respect in my opinion, almost taking advantage of a poorly old man. For me, EK was enchanting. I expected him to be belligerent, almost bi-polar in switching from intense to cheerful and he could smell bullshit at 10 paces! He didn’t disappoint.
I was heavily involved in organising the statue of Mike Hailwood at Mallory Park, I was invited to the unveiling by his wife Pauline which was an honour too.
Most surreal moment, looking back, was elbowing a young Valentino Rossi out of the way to go and speak to his dad Graziano. It was Valentino’s first race outside Italy and Robert Fearnall, the lovely bloke who used to run Donington Park (where the meeting was being held)told me Graziano was there, so I barrelled down to the paddock and found his awning only to find this gangly, spotty youth sitting there ‘where’s graziano?’, ‘he is in the van’ if only I’d know what that kid would achieve in later career it’d have been a good time to make a solid early contact…
I caught up with Barry Sheene at the last meeting he raced at in the UK, we’d spoken before for interviews and things and I saw him and I asked for ten minutes of his time later on in the day – that turned into a two hour chat with Barry telling all sorts of stories! He was so compelling and even made me a brew… Barry Sheene…made me a brew! I did make him one in return though but I’m sure he wasn’t impressed by that.
You must have one ‘stand out’ embarrassing moment though?
The moment TC crashed the Triumph Rocket

Photo: Tony Carter
Most embarrassing was crashing a Triumph Rocket III in front of Triumph Top Brass, we were doing a promo photo shoot and I’d seen it looked a little slippy but after a couple of passes I thought that there was maybe more grip than it looked, so I would the bike up and threw it into the corner… wrong… as I came round the corner the front pushed, put the bike into a slide, touched the exhaust down which lifted the back wheel off the ground and that was it. Gone. I totalled the bike, busting a couple of ribs in to the bargain, but it wasn’t anything like as painful as the embarrassment I felt doing that in front of Triumph… 
There was a big announcement on the future of MotoGP Broadcasting  from BT Sport last week, is it a good move in your opinion?
As a race fan I think it’s a shame that it’s not going to be widely available to the general public on a platform like the BBC. It’s a shame it’s not staying on Eurosport too, I love the time and room that Eurosport give the GP coverage. I really enjoy every session of every race with Toby, Julian and Spalders and Steve Day (who I truly believe is going to be something good, he’s young, talented and likeable – what’s not to hate about Day?! The little bugger!).
I really don’t know if it will return to ES in some form but I’d like to see it. Having said that I’m delighted that WSB and BSB will remain on BES until at least the end of 2015! Things change obviously and I just hope the MotoGP series bosses see what ES has done for the sport, I’m still a fan and I love the coverage and I think that ES has been, and continues to be very, very good for MotoGP and the sport we love.
From a GP perspective I’m excited to see what BT do with it, they’re certainly not playing at this and have invested a huge amount of money , time and resources in to the project. We need to keep audience figures up in the UK so now we’ve got the chance to see if the coverage can be taken to the next level.
I’m excited to see the potential made real, I want to lap through Marquez’s eyes, I want to know what it feels like searching for grip over kerbs at 140mph with the front wheel waving in the air! I am curious from a professional point of view to see what’s going to be done.
You mentioned the bikes you’ve owned earlier, mainly 2 Strokes, are they your favoured motorcycle?
A simply stunning piece of work, TC’s RGV250 Special

Photo: Tony Carter

Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt I have a passion for 2-strokes. I have an RGV 250 Special – my pride and joy – it’s a VJ22a frame and engine, it has a GSX-R 1000K4 front end with custom-made 675cc fork internals, 2004 OZ lightweight wheels from a Fireblade, it has an Aprilia RS250 swing arm, Nitron Stage 3 track shock, brakes from Relentless by TAS Suzuki with Brembo underslung caliper at the rear, TYGA bodywork and pipe, Kozo dash and some bits I can’t mention to protect identities of suppliers!

It’s my dream bike, it weighs 112kg and puts out 65bhp and all road legal, apart from the SC0 qualifying tyre on the rear but obviously that’s not for the road, Officer. People ask why I’ve lost all the weight… there’s the reason!

I’ve got a YZR500 replica currently being built too. It’s got a Stan Stephens RD500 engine, Ohlin’s suspension, Aprilia RSV4 front end, Yamaha TZR250 3MA frame and Yamaha TZR250 3XV swingarm, wheels from Tadayuki Okada  and bodywork from Luca Cadalora’s original YZR500 so it’s as close as can be to the real deal in terms of something you can make from bits of other bikes, right down to the Translogic dash…
I still test bikes today, I’m still heavily involved in that side of things but the main thing is I’m a biker, always have been, always will be… I’ve lead a charmed life so far and have been very lucky that bikes have been at the center of it.

How did you get the chance to work in TV?

I was spotted whilst doing some commentary at tracks in the UK; the legend that is Fred Clarke very kindly had me jabbbering away alongside him for the odd race or bit of a race at a few meetings and I was approached by someone from a tv station and it took off from there. I spent some time on the World Superbike sofa as a pitlane expert before I was given the chance to work for SKY Sports covering BSB. 
I spent a year commentating alongside Keith Huewen and Keith taught me so much. Everything from seeing how to prep, how to be in front of the camera – and even how to deal with critics – was a huge learning experience so to have the chance to do that by watching Keith up close was a real treat. I learnt more in that year with Keith than I probably have at any point in my life so far. Keith was very generous toward me and when you’re working alongside him in the heat of BSB battle every day is a real learning experience.

How does working for Eurosport compare with that time?

Working with British Eurosport is marvellous. The team in front and behind the camera are such a hard working crew and they are, without exception, massively into their bike racing. Being surrounded by people so into racing and with such passion really makes the job of presenting a lot easier than it could be.

Being in pitlane with James, Whit and Neil with Charlie firing stuff back to us and setting up guests in pitlane is like the best ever day at the races, and it happens over and over again. But ultimately our job is to tell the story. Be that the story of what’s happening out on track or the story of what’s happening in the pits, we have to tell the story. A big part of that is knowing the teams and riders and in our crew we’ve got a lot of that covered. It’s not easy and of course sometimes it doesn’t go smoothly but that’s part of the buzz of live tv. There’s nothing quite like it in terms of having the immediacy of the live broadcast and the opportunity to bring the stories to the viewer as they’re happening.

We mentioned earlier about the voices in your headphones during a live broadcast, can you explain a little more about that?

As the show happens I will have what’s called Open Talkback in my ears, that means that everyone in the gallery, the people in the control trucks like the Director, Producer etc can all talk to me and all the time I can hear them, even when they’re talking to someone else or directing cameras. At first this is more than a little daunting to be honest but once you acclimatise to it it’s actually quite reassuring. Yes, you do hear everything that’s going on behind the scenes but it gives you a feel for what’s working and what’s suffering a technical issue, a change in timings for segments, new information coming in etc. It’s difficult but very useful for a journalist to have all this going on all the time.

Eurosport occasionally has the massive WSB/BSB double-header ‘Superbike Sunday’ show, how do you prepare for a massive show such as this?

When we do one of our huge Superbike Sundays it’s a full-on few days of prep and the actual show. We’re knocking on ten hours of live broadcast which can take in up to 13 races across something like eight championships across two countries with timings having to work for both International and British needs. So that means that we’ve got to be across the riders, teams, stories running up to the round, what’s happening during the race weekend etc for each race, for each rider. It’s a lot of stories to be across but it’s also like the most intense hit of racing you can cover, ultimately James, Whit, Neil and I are all aware that we’re basically in front of the camera as fans although in the three of them we’ve got fans who’ve been there, got the t-shirt and lifted the trophy too. Pretty good fans to have in any language.

Catch Whit, James and Neil on Eurosport this weekend for live coverage of World Superbikes at Donington Park, all anchored by TC, with possibly with a little more insight than previous times.


2 thoughts on “Tony Carter Exclusive: 2-Stroke Passion, meeting Evel Knievel and crashing a Rocket!

  1. Great interview PC team.

    Very enjoyable read indeed.

    I have never understood the negative TC comments, ok, the guy has a shocking taste in shirts & shirt / tie combo's but compaired to Matt Roberts Tony is a fashion God!

    The RGV is simply delicious. I can smell the blue stroker from here!

    I do hope to see the YZR 5 make its way on to the PC pages.

    Again PC, Dave, great read.


  2. Thanks G, your comments mean a lot – you're not one to compliment lightly so thank you mate it's much appreciated by us all. Hope that French weather picks up soon! D.


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