Motorcycle Racers Hall of Fame – Simon Crafar – Motovudu
Simon Crafar has been a motorcycle racer for the last 20 years and has been a GP winner in the premier class of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1998, achieved 10 WSBK podiums and is the author of Motovudu training books and videos.
Simon has EBC GPFAX brake pads, floating discs (front) and Double-H brake pads on the rear of his Suzuki GSX-R 1000.
Year of Birth:
Motorcycle instruction on circuit
Highest Place Finish:
Winner British Motorcycle Grand Prix 1998
Suzuki GSX-R 1000
What`s your day job?
Teach riders how to go faster while keeping it safe.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
My three podiums in 500 GP’s and making Motovudu.
What would be your dream car/ motorcycle?
I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to own a big flash car because now realise I don’t need one. My motorcycle requirements are +/- 200hp, good handling and able to do 100 days on circuit in 12 months (18,000kms). I have a GSX-R 1000 and it’s perfect.
Did you always want to be a racer or something else?
I always wanted to be a racer. Riding motorcycles was everything to me. Now it comes second to my family but I still love it. I feel lucky I made a career out of what I love.
Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or 2 wheels?
I need 4×4 for the Andorra winters so 4×4 and 2 wheels is all I need.
What motorsport event would you most like to compete in?
I’ve already done it. The premier world championship class in Motorcycle racing. I have no interest in competing myself now and I believe that letting go of this has helped me become a better and more open teacher.
What is the most insane/scary/memorable drive/ ride you’ve ever had?
Philip Island 500 GP 1998. I was seventh at half distance and finished a relatively close second place to Mick Doohan, passing many of my hero’s on the way (JK, Checa, Abe, Biaggi, Creville). A dream come true..
How involved are you in testing and mechanical tweaking before events?
Very, I make all the decisions and do some of the work.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I’d like to be doing what I’m doing now with Motovudu, but with never ending improvements..
What is your go to playlist or song before an event to get in the zone?
My work is too busy and relies to much on communication between people to have music playing, but I sure do enjoy some music on the way home when it’s all over..
If you could try any other motorsport what one would you choose?
A top fuel rail car dragster or a ‘World of Outlaw’ Speedway Sprint Car. I’ve tried most motorcycle sports.
What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone in a car or bike on track and when?
A friend picked me up from Frankfurt airport, I threw my luggage in the boot of his car and a short time later we were on the Autobahn with his latest model V10 German car on the limiter in top. It was a big experience but once is enough.
What is your daily drive or ride?
4×4 T5 VW Caravelle. I plan to replace it with the same as its exactly what I need.
Who is your inspiration?
No one in particular. I like to learn from everyone I can. For example, the most motivated inspiring people I know aren’t always the best with people and loved ones and vice versa. I am trying achieve both.
What is the one thing you could not live without?
But I’d rather not be without my wife, kids and good food.
What is your favourite takeaway?
Do you have a favourite movie?
Forest Gump. It makes me laugh, cry and I enjoy the music. How can it be better?
Any bad habits?
I sometimes get stuck in instruction mode when I get home from instructing on circuit. That doesn’t always go down well, lol! I swear when other road users do dumb shit, making my best friend ‘Chopper-dog’ the Jack Russell cower, which makes me feel bad.
Tell us something about you that most people would not know?
I look forward to have time to free ride horses in the mountains fishing and hunting again like I did when I was a child.
Would you rather fight 100 horse-sized ducks or 1 duck-sized horse?
A duck size horse sounds easier but the 100 horse size ducks would make a better BBQ.