Michael Barnes #34

Michael Barnes #34

· Multi-time AMA endurance champion,
· 2 FUSA Championships 1998 and 2002,
· 2 National supersport wins 600 and 750.
· 3rd place 2007 Daytona 200.
· 2010 TTXGP Electric Motorcycle Champion.

Interview

How much experience do you have riding an XR1200?
Not very much, just some testing around town

What do you think of spec racing?
I think its great. That’s part of the reason I bought this bike. Its more of a riders class. And it pays good money for finishing well.

What made you decide to race the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series?
The fact that I can go out and buy a bike and do really good at it. I feel its like super moto. I think the XR1200 series is going to be big and I want to be in it at the start – while its still young.

What do you think of the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series?
I think its great for Pro AMA racing to have something like this. I think its going to bring over a lot of cross over fans. I think its awesome.

What’s your typical pre-race meal?
Whatever the Pegrams are cooking that day. They always have pasta. I’m not big on sauerkraut though…lol…get it?

What is your pre-race OCD behavior?
Left boot on first.

What is one of your best racing memories?
Larry Schwarzbach’s 1992 Mid-Ohio 600 supersport win and Jamie Bowman’s 2000 Loudon 750 supersport win.

What motivated you to get started racing?
Seeing it for the first time Summer 1987, I was racing in August 1987

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional motorcycle racer?
Probably flying some of you around the country

What else is in your garage?
FZ1, TTR125, XR100′s, RMZ250, YZ 250, 6’8″ HAM longboard (skateboard)

Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
“If you want it badly enough, anything is possible!!”

How many hours a week are you on Facebook?
1-2 hours

Do you Twitter?
twitter.com/34Barney

What are your favorite magazines and websites?
RR WORLD, Soup, MOTOGP

Who are your heros?
My Dad and my brother

Beach or mountains?
Beach

High Fives or FIst Bump?
High Fives

iPhone , Blackberry or Android?
iPhone

Mac or PC?
Mac

Top 3 bands?
Whatever

Greatest strength?
Communication and getting a good drive out of a corner

Most frustrating challenge?
Teenager

Do you have a website and or Blog?
Working on it