South African rider Phil Atkinson is one of the seasoned pros of the TriStar R&G Triple Challenge, having been competing in the series since 2010. We caught up with Phil to find out how his 2014 season is shaping up so far…
First up, that looked a nasty crash at Snetterton – how are you doing?
I’m all good now thanks, although I definitely had a bit of headache for a few days afterwards! The biggest problem from the crash was the damage to the bike, so we’re now working on getting it repaired in time for Thruxton
You’ve had a good season so far, how has it shaped up for you so far?
Yeah, the Snetterton crash aside, this season has been a good really one. I always expect to win, it’s what we go racing for, and to turn up at Brands with no testing and get a win straight away was fantastic. We’ve been competitive and challenging for wins and podiums at every round so I can’t be anything but happy!
With 5 rounds left, what’s your plan for the remainder of the season?
Easy – To keep winning! Realistically though the Championship still has a long way to go so we need to remain focussed and try to beat Freddy as often as possible. We’ve seen some new names come to the front in the last few rounds so it’s going to be a tough but exciting finish for sure.
Speaking of five, this is your fifth season in the series – you’re clearly a fan!
Definitely! It’s a really well run and enjoyable Championship and the fact everyone is on the same machine means it is fair and the best man on the day wins. The reason I moved into the Triple Challenge, and why I’m still here, is the relatively cheap cost.
With the end of the series this year, what’s your plans for the future?
I’m looking into options now actually. I really want to stay on a Triumph and remain in the BSB paddock. Looking at the success Alex Olsen has had in the Supersport EVO Championship, I think it is a class I could be competitive in but it all depends on sponsorship and money really.