May is the biggest month of the year for the Isle of Man, as thousands of motorbike enthusiasts descend on the island for the Isle of Man TT, a two-week extravaganza of high-speed motorcycle racing.
As an Isle of Man-based company, we always look forward to welcoming people from all over the world, while taking in two weeks of adrenaline-filled motorsport. Needless to say, we can’t wait for this year’s event to kick off on 26 May.
To mark the occasion, we caught up with professional superbike racer Jamie Perrin to find out how he prepares for a big race. As he explains below, getting a good night’s sleep is essential to staying alert on the track.
It’s going pretty well – I’ve already had a couple of podiums, which I’m obviously very happy with. We’re on our ‘spring break’ now, so the next race isn’t until June.
I usually have the house to myself the day before I head to the circuit, as I work full-time during the week and my wife and kids like to travel to the race venue ahead of time. This means I can get to bed about 8 or 9pm and have a good 12 hours’ sleep. I’m usually exhausted by the end of the week anyway, so I don’t have too much trouble sleeping!
Alertness is key during a race – it’s an intense 30-35 minutes, and you can’t afford to lose your concentration at any point. Fortunately, I’m a fairly good sleeper, but I always make a point of upping my sleep time before and during a race weekend.
I’ve never really suffered from pre-race nerves. I don’t know why, but I guess I can count myself lucky in that regard. It certainly helps with my sleep!
I actually stay in a caravan. It might not sound that glamorous, but it’s perfectly comfortable, and I sleep as well as I do at home.
I do a lot of gym training to prepare for each race. Getting a bike round a track is hard work and really takes a toll on your body, so I have to make sure I’m always in peak condition. The training is also very tiring, which makes it easier to get a full night’s sleep.