Although his racing career was placed on hold by Hodgkins Disease in 1995 and eventually cut short by Glaucoma in 2002, James tasted success at the Isle of Man TT races, World Supersport and World Superbikes. He was runner up in the 1996 British Superbikes Championships; even though he missed the first two rounds of the season! James rode for Suzuki, Yamaha and Ducati during a remarkable career and gained the respect of many for giving it 100% on every single lap.
James is now Chief Road Tester for Two Wheels Only magazine, a British Eurosport commentator for the British and World Superbikes Championships and has supported up-and-coming riders competing in the Virgin Media Cup.
Somehow, he has also found the time to write a ‘tell it how it was, warts ‘n’ all’ autobiography entitled “What A Good Do” (Published July 2008).
We asked James to tell us a little more about himself . . .
Name: James Whitham
Date of Birth: 6th September 1966
Star sign: Virgo
Greatest achievement so far?
Not having a proper job since 1985!
What is keeping you busy this year?
Commentary work for Eurosport.
Favourite meal at the end of a great day?
If you had more time to yourself, what hobby would you enjoy more of?
Restoring old motorcycles and private flying.
What would be your dream bike?
Yamaha RD 350 LC.
What really makes you smile?
My kid, Ruby.
Worst pet hate?
What is the best bit of advice you could give to bikers on the road?
Always remember that in the event of an accident, regardless of who’s to blame, it’ll probably be you who comes off worse. And then riding accordingly.
Thank you, James.