MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
Bladder strategy on the superbike grid: Jonathan Rea
Riders discuss race, tyre and electronics tactics, but bladder strategy? Five-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea explains all in Mat Oxley's favourite 2019* interview
The Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall is almost certainly the grandest edifice in the world of motor sport.
The vast building – a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace – is peak British Empire, built in 1911 on the site of the country’s old War Office. Early Isle of Man TT races were organised here, amidst uniformed butlers, silverware and fine brandies.
The club retains its links to royalty – its current president is the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent – and hasn’t let its standards slip. Even now you’re only allowed in if you’re wearing a jacket, tie and proper shoes. (I know this because once I was escorted out of the tradesmen’s entrance for being incorrectly attired.)
On this occasion I was correctly attired, to talk with World Superbike king Jonathan Rea for a Motor Sport podcast.
The interview was conducted in a palatial room lined with ancient racing trophies and overlooking St James’s Square, which at one time counted seven dukes and seven earls among its residents. None of this prevented us from lowering the tone.
We – fellow journo Jack Phillips and I – were talking with Rea about the first chapter of his autobiography Dream. Believe. Achieve. He mentioned leaving the grid for a pee, before the race that gave him his 60th WSB win, so this seemed like a good time to ask the question I’ve always wanted to ask of a top rider: how many times do you urinate before a race?
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.