The Friday 5: Five Questions With Stock 1000 Champion Andrew Lee

Displaying quiet confidence, Andrew Lee hangs loose in his pit box before a race. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Imagine being just 20 years old and already having two “big-bike” national road racing championships under your belt. Andrew Lee has quietly done that. We say “quiet” because that’s his demeanor…until the race goes green or you try to jab him with a snarky comment. Then, he’ll come at you like a freckle-faced assassin. We didn’t jab him, but we did ask him “The Friday 5.” Here are his answers:

1. What is the one thing about motorcycle road racing that you love the most?

The adrenaline that you get from the speed and the close racing. As a package, motorcycle road racing has it all. There is a little bit of ego in every sport, and I feel like having the speed in motorcycle road racing is a huge ego boost, too.

2. You’re only 20 years old, and you don’t look old, but why do people always think you’re at least five years older than you are?

I look in the mirror quite frequently and ask myself, “Do I look old?” I think I look like a middle-schooler, but yeah, people think I’m 26 or 27, at least. I think it’s because I’m a pretty quiet guy, and I’ve been told that I speak very clearly and articulately, so I guess that makes me seem like I have the wisdom of an older person.

3. Do you prefer wrapping paper or gift bags?

I’m not really experienced in the fine art of wrapping gifts. I’m more of an Amazon box kind of guy. A gift bag might be a good choice, but I’d find a way to screw that up, too.

With two consecutive championships under his belt, Andrew Lee is a Stock 1000 Master. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

4. What is the Kawasaki ZX-10R’s biggest strength?

It is a really stable bike on the brakes and on the throttle. For me, it’s easy to ride fast.

5. Does anyone call you “Andy”?

Yes, there are a few people who probably would call me Andy, but if my Mom was in earshot, they would no longer be breathing. If you call me Andy, it’s almost like you’re offending my Mom. But, when it’s about 9:30 at night and I’m hungry, people call me “Angry Andy.” Angry Andy isn’t really someone you want to meet. He’s basically the polar opposite of me.

Bonus Question: If you and Greg White were to exchange gifts for the holidays, what would you give him?

I know he’s been training a lot for archery, so I’d probably get him a new couch cushion.