Steve Parrish – Motorcycle Racing Champion, Commentator and After-Dinner Speaker.
Steve Parrish must be the most versatile petrol head in the world! He started out driving motorcycles and cars around his father’s small farm at the age of nine.
Steve Parrish turned professional motor cycle racer in 1976 at twenty two years old joining Barry Sheene in the Suzuki GP team – taking 5th place in the 500cc World Championship in 1977. The following years 78 and 79 he clenched the British Motor Cycle Championships. In 1980 he joined Yamaha winning many European and British races.
1984 saw the introduction of truck racing to the European circuits. Not to miss an opportunity Steve joined Sheene, Brundle, Alan Jones, Stig Blomqvist and many more to try the big monsters for size and has since proven to be the most successful truck racer in history taking 5 World titles.
In 1990, he joined the BBC as technical presenter and commentator for both British and World Motor Cycle Championships and on his spare weekends, of which there are few, he has raced in the Vauxhall Caterham Series – winning and regularly appearing on the podium.
Steve Parrish has worked for Sky Television as a studio guest for motorcycle racing programmes, and for Eurosport as a World Superbike commentator. Eurosport and Motors TV have also employed Steve for racing bike tests.
Steve currently co-commentates on the MotoGP series for the BBC.