What is the reason for helmet
Pretty much have kept the same design over the years
when I have been racing. I have had to change it a few
times like when I rode for TAS with the Relentless thing
and that. I’m back to my own design again now
again though and it’s a guy called Paul Edgar
who paints helmets or used to and I asked him to paint
me up a helmet. He came up with the design; I liked
it and really stuck with that for most years.
What is your favourite food and drink?
Favourite food is Indian, could eat it all the time.
Favourite drink is Magners.
Do you have any superstitions or rituals before you
No nothing at all
What is the music you last listened to?
Well usually in the van its Calvin Harris as Aaron likes
it as well so he always makes me put it on
Tell me a funny story from racing?
Well wasn’t funny for me. The most embarrassing
one was when I won a race down in Mondello Park one
day, years ago, and managed to fall off on the slowing
Do you have any hobbies away from bikes?
I do a lot of cycling and have a big interest in cycling,
both doing it and watching it on TV as well.
What is your proudest racing moment?
Obviously my first TT win. That was always the big ambition
and at that time I managed to win at the NW200, the
TT and the UGP all in the same year but the TT was the
What did you have for breakfast today?
Didn’t actually have any breakfast. Had a Kentucky
with Aaron at dinner time
How do you relax between races?
Just sort of mosey about here, not really doing much.
Stand about and talk to the guys who help me. That’s
really about it.
What is your nickname and how did you get it?
Scratch they call me and I have had that for years.
My name is Archibald and then at school it became itchy
balls and then Scratch.
What is the best bike you have ever ridden?
I suppose some of the Super Bikes. When I rode for TAS
the first couple of years at that time the Superbike
was really good and would have been better than most
of the bikes about. Then the one I was riding last year
was a really good bike and I enjoyed riding in that.
Tell me an improvement you would like to see
Maybe sometimes some of the organisation is a bit poor.
They seem to struggle getting the thing run smoothly
and from a safety point of view they need to try and
do as much as they can but really some days this messing
about really pisses me off.
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