This was taken from an interview I did with Danny Webb for Motorcycle Racer magazine at the end of 2010:

"It’s very different in Spain compared to Britain. The fact that myself, Bradley and Scott have all come through the Spanish system, rather than from the British Championship, just shows that theirs is a system that works well. All the legends of the sport are still very much involved in the Spanish Championship, with all of them very keen to help out the youngsters coming through their national series on their way towards a career in Grand Prix racing.

"We just don’t have that here in the UK, which is a shame, because we’ve produced some fantastic riders in the past, but they seem to drift away from the sport once their racing days are over. Maybe it’s because, financially, the sport in the UK just isn’t strong enough to allow ex-racers to remain part of the paddock and earn a reasonable living.

"And maybe this is why the level of the British Championship, especially in the smaller classes, isn’t that high at the moment. Hopefully we’ll see an improvement in the future, or maybe we’re already starting to see some improvement. Taylor Mackenzie, Niall Mackenzie’s son, has started to show well in the Spanish Championship. This is partly because the lad can ride a bike, but the fact that he’s got the experience of his father to fall back on is also a big factor. Young riders do need mentoring at the start, but they need advice from someone with experience, and it’s this that seems to be missing in the British Championship at this time.

"The other big difference is that, in the Spanish Championship, the 125cc race is the main event. The crowd watch this race then go home when the Supersport bikes take to the track, whereas it’s the other way round in the UK.

"And in the UK where do you go when you graduate from the 125cc class? There’s no national 250cc championship, so your only option is Supersport or Superstock, which isn’t a good grounding if you want to make the switch to Grand Prix racing in the future. Just ask some of the riders who’ve tried it."

This was taken from an interview I did with Danny Webb for Motorcycle Racer magazine at the end of 2010:

"It’s weird really, as a lot of the riders who ride for Alberto Puig do find him scary, but I’ve always had a good relationship with him and a lot of that is down to trust. I felt, and I still feel, like I could tell him anything. I still talk to him a lot now, and I still go to him for advice when I need it.

"We’re good friends and we get along well. He’s fantastic to work with, although he’s also very tough on his riders, especially with things like fitness training, where he pushes you all the time. As long as you’re focussed when you’re at the track then he’s not quite as scary as some people might think!

"I think Alberto’s philosophy of opening the throttle and not shutting is not such a bad approach, really. When I was struggling Alberto used to go out and watch me through the parts of the track I was having problems with, then he’d come back and simply say, ‘Danny, just ride it like an animal, open the throttle and, if you crash, then you crash, it’s not a problem for me’.

"He was really good like that. He was fantastic. If he told you to do something then that’s exactly what he wanted you to do, no excuses, and you just had to trust in his advice, and also his judgement. Alberto’s raced at this level and he was fast, so he knows what he’s talking about.

"Having said that, I once asked him what happened when he had his big crash at Le Mans in ‘95. Apparently he was convinced that it was possible to ride a 500GP bike flat stick through the first turn, so he tried it. Unfortunately, it didn’t work and it was a big crash! So maybe, when he tells me just to open the throttle and keep it open, I shouldn’t be so quick to follow his advice, but I always do!

"If he knows someone can do it then he’s pretty good at explaining things to you. One time in Jerez at the Spanish Championship at the last fast right, I was closing the throttle momentarily before getting back on the gas and he turned round to me and said ‘Danny, you can do it flat out. Get the line perfect and you can do it flat out.’ So, I went back out and tried it, and he was right. Since that day I always listen to what Alberto has to say and I put a lot of faith in his advice."

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