As with most in the current climate, there’s not a lot to report out of Rowe Racing HQ. Royce has been trying to keep busy and work on his fitness, albeit with gyms shut.
He was recently contacted by Road Racing UK to answer a bunch of questions for their top six series targeted at riders who’ve competed on the Isle of Man, you can read it here.
Unfortunately, news came through recently that the ManxGP and Classic TT will be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, much like most other international road races this year. Maybe the only plus was the journalist using a great picture of Royce as the story lead shot!
Although races are currently prohibited under social-distancing laws, fingers crossed some local tracks will have the opportunity to run race meetings soon while following social-distancing measures.
PIC: Royce poised and ready to jump back in the saddle!
Chatting to Royce in his hazmat suit from a solid 1.5 metres away, he had this to say.
“I know everyone is pretty eager to get back on their bike after the COVID-19 restrictions but I’m sure all of you understand, I’m extra eager.
“Very keen to swing my leg over a bike again (hips allowing) and to cut a few laps to get my fix instead of just dreaming of riding my beloved steed.
“Things were coming along well in the gym, with great guidance from my physio Matt, I was starting to get some heavier weights going.
“Not too much has happened in isolation gym-wise unfortunately as they’re shut, but just keeping moving, trying to get my flexibility back in my joints is good.
“I luckily managed to land a job with the government just before COVID-19 shut everything down, ending my 6 month long unemployed stint. A desk job compared to my previous hospitality work, my aching bones certainly welcomed it.
“The bike has been countlessly polished, ready and waiting to go, the count down now begins until the tracks reopen, I can’t wait!”
We’ll keep everyone updated once restrictions start to lift and Royce can hopefully get back on track to see how the body holds up!