Few motorcyclists could turn up to a circuit they’ve never seen before, climb aboard a bike they’ve never ridden before and still set a respectable lap time. Make that a 62-year-old bike with back-to-front gearing and many would fall by the first corner.
But MotoGP maestro Dani Pedrosa isn’t like most riders. For a start, he’s a lot smaller – at 5ft 7in I tower over him when we meet after the second half of the two-part Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy at the 2019 Revival. He’s in a hurry to go and watch the 1959 TT celebration – after all, this is a man for whom racing comes first, everything else second.