Motorcycle Racers Hall of Fame – Joe Burns Racing
Joe Burns Racing
Year of Birth:
Joe Burns Racing
British 1000 Superstock Championship
Highest Place Finish:
2017 Yamaha YZF-R1
What`s your day job?
Manager of Diamond Race Products (Also EBC dealers!).
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Fighting for the 2013 British Superstock title with great competitor, Adam Jenkinson. Unfortunately, this fight was cut short due to mistakes made by the organisers and their technical team.
What would be your dream car/ motorcycle?
Yamaha YZF-M1, the thing looks almost on rails on track.
Did you always want to be a racer or something else?
I grew up following my brother racing around the World, so naturally I couldn’t stay away without having a go. He grew up with my dad racing too, so we all had no chance.
Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or 2 wheels?
It has to be two wheels for me, I just can’t find the same passion in cars, maybe because a lot of the engineering is covered up.
What motorsport event would you most like to compete in?
Macau GP has always been a dream.
What is the most insane/scary/memorable drive/ ride you’ve ever had?
I lead a British Superstock race at Knockhill from start to finish in 2009 and had never managed that before. Three Corners to go on the final lap, I ran onto the curb (as I did every lap) except it had started to spit to rain and I took a hand off the bar to take a look behind me. I totally lost the rear of the bike and it somehow come back, pure luck! I managed to hold my position and take the victory, nothing has quite equalled that since.
How involved are you in testing and mechanical tweaking before events?
I build my own engines and chassis, develop my own parts, do my own mapping, and read my own data and convert that to changes over a race weekend or in testing. I had a very engineering/mechanical based upbringing by my Dad, so I enjoy that as much as I enjoy riding.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Ideally, I’d like to be on the World scene, but that’s everyone’s dream I suppose, I’ve just got to stay more hungry for the goal than the rest.
What is your go to playlist or song before an event to get in the zone?
Deadmau5 – Raise your weapon. Something about it get’s me in my zone, away from an event, it doesn’t do anything for me haha!
If you could try any other motorsport what one would you choose?
Speedway or Flat-track, both look mega, probably more Flat-track because I’m big on using the rear brake, where speedway have no brakes!
What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone in a car or bike on track and when?
I’m not entirely sure as the speedometer is covered up on all of my bikes. But at the end of the back straight at Thruxton we’re hovering around 200mph. You come onto the straight flat out in 5th gear, and it’s possibly the longest straight we use..
What is your daily drive or ride?
Jaguar F-Type V6S.
Who is your inspiration?
Most riders will say the same, Valentino Rossi. The guy has always been brilliantly talented. But he’s got the perfect relaxed attitude, always happy, always lots to say to reporters, it’ll be a sad day when he quits the sport.
What is the one thing you could not live without?
Water! I drink about three litres of the stuff each day, without it I feel nowhere near as good.
What is your favourite takeaway?
Can’t beat a good Indian takeaway, just not too often or I’ll end up needing to upgrade my scales.
Do you have a favourite movie?
Naked Gun, any of them. Can’t beat the humour in those.
Any bad habits?
Biting my nails, tried many times to stop, still can’t stop myself.
Tell us something about you that most people would not know?
I’m pretty open about everything I do, so I can’t think of anything really.
Would you rather fight 100 horse-sized ducks or 1 duck-sized horse?
One duck-sized horse would be way easier to take on than 100 horse-sized ducks. Not that I’d like to fight any, I’m a soft one for animals.