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Me and my friend with Mercury, this trophy was presented to Jimmy Guthries mechanics by Hitler after Jimmy lost his life at the German G.P. He had led the race from start to Finnish and crashed out on the last corner lapping a back marker.

Special ThanksTo My Support Team
Hubby - Derek
Jack Milton
Big Debbie Wallace
Alf & Bill Peatman
Angie & Dave
and of course my two sons
Grant & Iain

Is there anything in particular that you would like to highlight concerning the sport, the feelings towards women etc ?
I don't see myself as being a woman when I'm racing. I'm just another competitor. Although there are a few of my male counterparts who don't like women competing, but I'm not one to talk about other riders, I just let them get on with it. If they are not happy, then tough!

Hey Palmer !
Where's them leathers you promised me ?

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Lisa Ross - Interview

Lisa, the Tartan terror very kindly talked to us (for more than two hours we might add) about her beginnings in the sport and provided us with an insight from within, that we are sure you will find interesting. We hope you will enjoy reading this as much as we did talking to Lisa.

First Race at Knockhill April '98

The Usual First Question that we ask of everyone, - How did you start off in Road Racing ?

Well my Father Tommy Miller, who raced in the 60's and '70's used to take us along to spectate after he had retired from racing, It was then that I caught the bug ! I used to watch the riders go by and say to my Dad "I'm going to do that when I'm BIG".

What was your first Race Bike ?

My first bike was a 1991 RS 125cc Honda which I bought from Donny Robinson's Mechanic, Alan Craig.

Where was your First Competitive Race ?

This was at the East Fortune Race track in April '98

What circuit do you like and what one do you dislike, and for what reasons ?

I Love Knockhill as it has a bit of everything. My least liked track is East Fortune as it's very bumpy, and being only 6 and a half stone, it's not too easy to control the bike over all of the bumps! I need a really good suspension technician to help me sort that one out.

Who would you say has been the biggest influence in your career ?

There have been a few really. The late Donny Robinson for his total belief in me when everyone else laughed at the idea of me racing and Don's Family for their continued support to me in my racing, which must be very difficult for them.

Niall MacKenzie, Stewart Cole, & Dennis Gallagher for their enthusiasm and commitment to the sport and for their ongoing support. Obviously my Dad Tommy and my husband Derek, who have both sacrificed so much to help me do this. Paul Robinson and his Team for their help and support and their smart, sexist comments !!!

What so far, have been the highlights of your career ?

It has to be finishing third in my very first race at East Fortune and then winning my first race at Knockhill two weeks later. Also racing against Paul Robinson in October last year was great.

What are you planning for the next racing season, any consideration for The Manx G.P. ?

Hopefully, I will be contesting the Irish Clubmans championship, and also the Scottish championship. If I feel up to it and if I can secure sufficient sponsorship then I am seriously thinking about racing at the Manx G.P this year. Anybody out there with a load of dosh and ready to part with it for a wee lady can get in touch !

What ambitions would you like to fulfill before you "call it a day" ?

I have too many of them to list and not enough time to do it all in! Although one of them would have to be that I would LOVE to be a member of the Purple Helmet display team!

Seriously ?

Aye, well there's a wee story there related to what colour my crash-helmet should have been when I started racing, and the fact that I have also done some stunt riding, so a bit of fun would not go amiss.

What would you say has been your single greatest victory so far ?

Winning the Jack Blyth memorial trophy in '98 was a great feeling.

When you were growing up, you must have had some childhood heroes, can you tell us who they were and why ?

Wait a minute now, this is going to show my age this question!

I suppose that Barry Sheene was the earliest one as he was in the newspapers and T.V. ads and he was the first BIKE person I knew to be in the public eye.

Local riders Allan Duffus, Stewart Cole, a fantastic racer who could have been world class had his circumstances been different. George Linder, for the whitest pair of leathers I'd ever seen! He reminded me at the time of Buck Rodgers the T.V. Astronaut!

I was a big sidecar fan and I adored Jock Taylor, his death was just devastating to me, I couldn't bear to watch sidecars racing for a long time after that.

Of course no childhood hero book would be complete without the Irish riders, Tom Herron and Joey Dunlop respectively.

Also my great friend Donny Robinson, who was a gentleman racer, from whom I learned so much, he will always be my number one hero.

Later on my hero's were Niall Mackenzie and Donnie McCleod when they rode for the Silverstone Armstrong team. I remember going to Cadwell park on a bus with my parents, and it raining non stop. Enterprising me found a roll of black bin bags and sold them to spectators for a pound a time to use them as shelter for the rain!

Later on I became a fan and supporter of all the Scottish lads who travelled "down South". Jim Moodie, Iain Duffus, Alan McDonald, John Crawford and Steve Hislop, all of whom battled hard to be recognised and gain sponsorship, they all came back from injury time and time again, and put so much effort into achieving what they wanted.

A lot of riders these days just expect to get bikes bought for them, or they have an attitude problem at having to work from the bottom. Well these guys all started with holes in their shoes, sleeping in the back of their vans, etc, and it made them appreciate what they got and where they came from. Something, which in my opinion is sadly lacking in some of today's young riders.

Niall Mackenzie taking me for a spin in  Oct '98 around a wet Knockhill, Our bum's are so small we both fitted on the same seat !

Which present day riders do you admire and why ?

Niall Mackenzie although he's just retired, for his professionalism. You never heard Niall shouting his mouth off at other riders in public or at the bike, mechanics etc whenever things went wrong. Like some other "stars" I could mention.

Valentino Rossi for all the fun he's bringing back into the sport, and his ability to ride whatever is put in front of him. We haven't had an up-beat rider in G.P's for years, it's all so serious, so it's nice to have someone who will do something unpredictable once in a while.

Richard Britton also is another up-beat rider who I admire, he's always smiling in interviews and seems so laid back about everything. His attitude is great!

Paul Robinson is another laid back rider who I have a tremendous amount of time for. He has helped me so much with my racing. Something else that some riders just don't do anymore is to be helpful to other riders. I've never seen Paul refuse anybody anything and that's the way we should all be.

Do you feel you have achieved fair recognition for your racing successes ?

To be honest I've received more publicity and recognition than I should have ever had. If I had been "Jim Smith" next door, no-one would want to know me, but because I'm a woman in a mans sport I'm treated differently by the press. I feel a bit guilty at times when I'm interviewed and finished 10th or whatever and the guy who's won gets nothing from the press at all.

Prior to a race, what do you do by way of preparation to get yourself into the right frame of mind ?

I do lots of stuff, I have a tape I like to listen to, but most of all I need a bit of quiet to get myself focused on the job in hand. I'm lucky that I don't work on my own bike on a race day, that's left up to my mechanic and husband Derek, so that's less stress on me.

I know that if the bike's ready to go, she's ready to go, and I don't have to worry about the preparation, you need to be 100% behind your mechanic and trust him or her completely. Every rider has their own "thing" to get ready for a race, but it's not too easy to put into words just what your thinking etc.

My Two Wee Boys - Grant and Iain

We know that you had a bad accident two years back. After that did you ever have any serious thoughts about retiring ?

Yes, I had a very serious accident that left me out for the whole of 1999. I was practising for the start of the season and was caught out by a number of things, new tyres, the wet weather and lack of concentration as the chequered flag had gone out. I lost the front end at McIntyres bend and landed on the track not the grass, I broke both wrists and had multiple fractures to my hands and fingers. I also broke ribs and knocked myself out.

At the time we didn't know that the accident had caused a serious head injury, which caused me to suffer extreme headaches at first, then the condition got more serious. My sight, hearing, speech and motor skills started to become affected, A bit like the after affects caused by a stroke. If it wasn't for my oldest son coming home from school and finding me unconscious on the floor and having the presence of mind to call for an ambulance, I might not be here today.

Also just after my accident, my friend and mentor Donny Robinson lost his life at the NorthWest 200, which also made me re-think my racing career. I didn't want to see another bike again. My world just fell apart for a while.

The Late Donny Robinson, myself, Ronnie Robinson, Nigel Robinson (both Don's brothers) &  Kenny Robinson. ( nephew) Oct '97 just before I bought my bike.

That has got to be the most difficult period of my life so far.

So what made you decide to go on ?

I realised that Don would not have wanted me to pack it all in and I realised that life was just far too short, so me being the person that I am, got back on the bike, because I love what I do.

Are there any improvements either on the safety front or organisational-wise that could be made, on the Road Racing scene in your opinion, ?

I think that the unpaid volunteers do a wonderful job, without these people there just would be no racing. I'm not just talking about marshals here, as I know that none of the members from the Kirkcaldy and district motor club (the club that organise and run short circuit racing events at Knockhill) get paid for what they do. From the Clerk of the course who's the big boss man on race day, right down to the paddock marshals.

I guess that there are loads of smaller clubs out there who have the same arrangement.

I don't disagree with people making money from the sport. I think it's a great way of making a living if you can get it, what I do disagree with are, the few individuals who are not in it for the love of the sport, but just for the money. The fact that some of these people make more money than the racers do, really puts it into perspective. We're the ones out there risking our necks, and for what ?

I know were not all in this for the money, but you show me another sport where the competitors have to pay to entertain the crowds ? It's about time that more money was put into the sport for the "farther down the field" boy's. (And girls) If you don't encourage the youth of today there will be no tomorrow, and no wage slips for the fat cats, but by then, these people won't give a monkey's as they have already made enough to go and live quite well off for the next thirty years.

As for improvements and safety, well as I see it you can only do so much and then it's up to the rider to survey that particular track and treat it with the respect it deserves. Your never going to get a perfect track where no-one falls and hurts themselves, it's all down to the individual in my opinion.

When you eventually hang up your leathers, do you want to remain associated with the sport or do you think that you will make a "clean break" ?

I would definitely put something back into the sport, it's my life and it always will be. I think I would make a good official as I've done most of the jobs at the racing anyway and I've also raced, which is something that makes a difference.

I get ticked off at being told what to do by someone who's read all about racing in a rulebook and not actually experienced the racing for themselves.

Would you encourage or discourage your children if they were to take up Road Racing ?

I would encourage them, but also make them help pay for the racing too. My father wouldn't buy me a bike to ride on the road or to race. He said that if I was determined enough to do it then I'd find a way, and then he would help me. So I suppose I would be the same with my children.

Road Racing is a seasonal sport, so what do you do for a living in the close season ?

I cook, clean and slob around the house in my pyjamas! It's great! I can eat cream cakes, get fat and watch day time T.V. and do absolutely nothing but be a wife and mother.

Do you feel "hard done by" by risking your life for very little financial reward, when say, most sports "stars" are on such high wages ?

I think the guy's at BSB level deserve every penny, in fact they should get more money for what they do!

Look at the publicity these guy's generate, it's great for ALL of us, from the club racer to the T.T. winner. If it gets more people off their comfy chairs on a Sunday and through the gates of a circuit then more power to them.

Look at how much your premier league footballers make in a week, the world's gone mad ! There's David Beckham in the paper last week, wanting his wages to go up to over a hundred and twenty thousand pounds a WEEK! What for, for kicking a lump of dead cow around a field for ninety minutes!

Don't get me started! I could be here for a week on this subject.

I think the reason that racers don't bother too much about how little the prize money is, is because at the end of the day we're not in it for the cash rewards, there's not one rider out there would say he or she's in it for the money. We do it for the enjoyment, that's why we don't go on strike for better wages, we see it as a great way to play and have fun, and if you get enough to cover your costs then were almost ecstaticl

Mind you though I have to add, it would be nice to have a bit of cash and not have to starve the kids for six months out of the year!

With Thanks To Those Who Help Sponsor Me
Husband Derek Ross
Tommy Miller
Laurence Ewart and staff at Advanced Stairlifts Scotland
Rawley Adams.
Willie Moore :Moores Tyre Services Ballyclare.
Bob Grant and staff at Grant Motorcycles.
Stewart Cole.
Raymond Hodges.
Deirdre and staff at Bike Paints.
Andy Bateson and staff at Dannisport Leathers
Hugh at Freuchie precision engineering.
Alf and Bill Peatman.
Sandy Berwick.

A Special Message From Lisa.
I would like to thank the following people for their help, support and encouragement. (People only usually thank their sponsors but these people are just as important to me, if not more so.)

The Scottish Motorcycle Marshals Association,
The medical staff at Knockhill racing circuit,
John McComisky,
Stella and Alex Campbell and family,
Steve "crasher" Ellis,
Jim "JK Tyres" Kennedy,
William McBurney,
Harvey Thompson,
George Clark, Martin & Linda Jowett,
Agnes & Sandra The Scottish Classic club,
Ian and Lianda Barnes,
Nigel McClatchey,

Everyone on the Bulletin Board who's supported me and everyone else too numerous to mention, who have done stuff for the team.

Last but not least Sandy Berwick, my "journeyman" who's been there, got the t-shirt, and is passing all his knowledge on to me, cheers for that "Superstar"!

Lisa it has been great talking to you, and all of us here at TTwebsite wish you every success for the next season, we look forward to meeting up with you when you come over, and of course we wish you every success for many more years to come.

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What do you think of The T.T. ?
I would do the T.T if my Manx G.P. experience went well! I think I'd like to walk before I can run though! I'd have to make sure my lap times were reasonable before I went to the T.T. as I wouldn't want to be in anyone's way or that slow I'd be a laughing stock. I take great pride in the fact I'm not just out there to make up the numbers, or that slow I'm a mobile chicane, I'm not the fastest person to come out of Scotland, and I've never claimed to be anything spectacular, although the press like to make me out to be quicker than Mackenzie at times, but I'm definitely not the slowest either!

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