Dutch road racing star last year, where he went, what he is doing nowadays and how he views the current sport of road racing. In the quiet winter months without racing, we regularly introduce you to the best Dutch road races from last year in the section “The best Dutch road races at the time” and ask them all a series of questions (same). This week: Ari Voss.
Who is Ari Voss?
- Noun: You are Ari
- nickname: No
- born: 12-2-1976
- Accommodation: we
- partner: Elisa
- Start your road racing career: 1998
- Active in: ONK 125cc, ONK 250cc, Dutch Supersport, Dutch Superbike, IDM Supersport, IDM Superbike, EK 125cc, EK 250cc, EK Supersport, WK 125cc, WK 250cc, World Supersport, World Superbike, World Endurance (Superstock en Superbike)
- Titles: 7x Dutch Champion, 1x World Endurance Superstock Champion (2012 with Team Alpha BMW)
- End of the road racing process: 2014 with Kawasaki and my last national title.
- current occupation: Co-owner of Vos Oss Motoren
- Social networking site Facebook: Voss Us Engine
- Instagram: Embed a Tweet
How did you deal with road races at the time?
From John Referen and Martin van Soest, I was able to learn a lot of the advice and advice I received from John! Martin, a close friend known as “Mr. Pirelli,” who unfortunately passed away very early, has confirmed that I have had the right tires throughout my career.
Who is the driver you fought your best battles with?
Difficult question, there was a lot I was able to fight with!
Best motorcycle I’ve ever had and why?
The Supersport and Superbike machines from Ten Kate Racing Products 2006 and 2007 were great! Why, well, they prove to be good! The Kawasaki ZX10 that I drove over the past two seasons was really fun to ride, although I must also say that as a team we always had the bikes well-organized.
What is your favorite path you have taken and why?
Spa and Qatar, I love the long fast tracks and I had a lot of great races on both tracks.
What’s the most bizarre and fun thing you have seen while racing?
During the 8 hours of Suzuka after one hour on the bike with 45 degrees off the engine in an inflatable pool with large ice blocks and two Japanese girls in it to cool off in the back of the pit. You must have seen these 40 photographers, they all fought to capture the best shot of this special moment.
What’s the best thing about racing?
Unforgettable memories, moments and experiences that are still very useful to me in everyday life. Racing made me who I am today.
What did you do after your active road racing career?
In addition to my work at the motorcycle store, I have had a Supersport / Superbike Kawasaki racing team. After that, he organized the KTM Cup RC390 for three more seasons, and he was with Quinn, Ryan and Glenn active for another year with a team in the FIM World Supersport 300.
Are you still playing sports in some way?
Unfortunately, I don’t have time for that at the moment. I am very busy with this lovely new motorcycle shop. I also enjoy kids a lot
What is the current driver you respect so much and why?
I respect all bikers, but Valentino Rossi stands out because he has had to compete with so many different bikes and against many generations of drivers all these years and he still does!
Who do you see as the greatest (currently active) road racing talent in the Netherlands and why?
Unfortunately, I can’t say that, I’m currently not involved in much sports for that.
How do you view the current race with your experience at the national and international levels?
I can still enjoy the auto racing, but on a Sunday afternoon in front of the TV. What is currently happening at the national level, unfortunately I am very little involved in it and I do not follow it enough to be able to make a good judgment about it.
Saturday 06-02-2021: Dutch road racer at the time: Hermann van Duflen