Motorcycle Racers Hall of Fame – Matthew Powell UWTSD Orthrus Racing
Matthew Powell is one of the riders who races for UWTSD Orthrus Racing Team. Matt has been working with the team since they started. In his first season he worked along side the rest of the team as an engineer, however he now competes on the same Suzuki SV650 that Sam had so much success on. Matt had a brilliant first season with 19 top ten finishes and a podium finish at Anglesey and for 2018 he will be riding the teams new Kawasaki ZX6R in the Pre-National 600 championship with Thundersport GB.
Matt has EBC GPFAX brake pads and floating discs (front), Double-H™ brake pads and floating discs on the rear of his Suzuki Sv650.
Year of Birth:
UWTSD Orthrus Racing
Short Circuit Motorcycle Racing
Highest Place Finish:
Five times British Champion, top five in Europe
What`s your day job?
Student and work in hospitality/catering during holidays.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
First race weekend at brands hatch.
What would be your dream car/ motorcycle?
Koenigsegg One:1, Ducati 916.
Did you always want to be a racer or something else?
I always either wanted to race or be a stuntman.
Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or two wheels?
Two wheels but RWD if the vehicle has four wheels!
What motorsport event would you most like to compete in?
TT/ Le Mans 24HR.
What is the most insane/scary/memorable drive/ride you’ve ever had?
There are too many to pick just one.
How involved are you in testing and mechanical tweaking before events?
I try to be as involved as I can on working on the mechanics of the bike when it’s in the workshop alongside my team mates and talk with them and help make changes at the circuit during a race weekend.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Finished University and working in the motorsport industry as an engineer + still racing as much as possible without getting the way of work commitments.
What is your go to playlist or song before an event to get in the zone?
I don’t listen to music before a race to get into the zone, I try to clear my mind try to imagine myself going around the circuit to get ready for a race.
If you could try any other motorsport what one would you choose?
WRC or Top Fuel Drag Racing.
What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone in a car or bike on track and when?
135mph at Donnington Park.
What is your daily drive or ride?
Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Estate.
Who is your inspiration?
Guy Martin & Michael Phelps.
What is the one thing you could not live without?
Friends, family and motorsport.
What is your favourite takeaway?
Chinese or Thai.
Do you have a favourite movie?
Gone in 60 Seconds or Never Back Down.
Any bad habits?
Bite my nails.
Tell us something about you that most people would not know?
National Age Group Champion swimmer.
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
One duck sized horse .