"I come from a pretty solid biking background. My dad was a motorcycle roadracer before he got married. He raced at the Crystal Palace and did the Isle of Man TT twice, in a sidecar and solo. My uncle, Barry Ditchburn, was Mick Grant's works Kawasaki teammate in the Grands Prix. My earliest memories are going to Assen in Holland when I was 8, going to Brands Hatch, Donington, Cadwell, Mallory and all those circuits. So it was kind of inevitable that I'd get into bikes. From the age of 5, I was messing about on two wheels. My mother hated it, but my dad ended up buying me my first bike, a 50cc Yamaha FS180. It was called a 'Fizzy' and looked like a real motorcycle.