The Friday 5: Five Questions With Superbike Rider Max Flinders

If there were a title of “Mr. MotoAmerica,” Max Flinders would have it. The constantly smiling, always happy privateer has been with the Series since the very beginning. In fact, Flinders did the very first MotoAmerica lap during the inaugural preseason test at the Circuit of The Americas in 2015. His banana-yellow #88 Thrashed Bike Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike is as conspicuous as it is omnipresent in the MotoAmerica paddock. Born in England, Flinders lived in Louisiana when he first came to the U.S., and he now lives in New Hampshire. As one of the original MotoAmerica riders, Flinders is the perfect choice for this week’s “Friday Five,” and here are his answers:

1. What is your favorite thing to do in Brentwood, New Hampshire?

Going snowboarding in the mountains when it’s wintertime. We didn’t get much snow down in Louisiana, but we get a lot of it in New Hampshire.

2. What are “Flinders”?

Well, according to my girlfriend Courtney, they’re “small fragments or splinters,” but I didn’t know that.

3. If you could change one thing on your Superbike, and money were no object, what would it be?

Just one thing? I would go and buy a motor from the Yamaha Factory Racing team. Got to have the power.

4. What is a “buttie”?

It’s a sandwich in England. We have egg and mayonnaise butties. Sausage buttie is a breakfast meal, with sliced sausage on bread. I love them, especially with ketchup on them.

5. Would you rather wrestle an alligator or put a saddle on a moose and ride it?

Oh, wrestle an alligator. Living in Louisiana, I learned that the alligators are pretty docile. So, if I can get my hands on its mouth and close it, I’ll be OK. Put a saddle on a moose and ride it? No way. Those things are really tall and huge. I don’t want any part of that.

Bonus Question: To your knowledge, has your crew chief Tim Ivanhoff ever misplaced a 10-millimeter socket in his beard?

He’s misplaced a lot of stuff, but he’s never lost a socket in his beard that I know of. He gets food in his beard from time to time, but no sockets. Either way, I’m not going in there to have a look.


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