Person of the Week: Simon Giordmaina
My child hood is a very memorable one, I have an older Brother, George, whom helps in every way in personal life and above all in My Drag Race Life. When I was young I always remembered myself as being mischievous, one particular event I remember is when me and George used to go to the same school, I asked my brother to get me out of trouble and when he looked back he saw the whole classroom, 30 children, running after me because the teacher kept the whole class after school because of something I did :o)
Something else that I will always cherish was Football (soccer) at the age of 17 I played for some of the top teams in Malta. I also Played for the Maltese National Team where we played abroad in places like Italy, Bulgaria & Armenia. All this is thanks to my parents especially my father whom always supported me in every training session or game in Malta or even abroad, he was always there in every moment and still is in My Drag Racing career now.
My Mom was always a house wife making sure she got involved in everything we needed, as the most important thing for her is that we were happy. I remember her having to go out to work also to keep up with family expenses. My father always worked hard, I remember a time were he was balancing 3 jobs to make sure we always had everything we needed, Upbringing and education was always their first priority. I am sure it wasn’t easy for them at the time and we are all proud of them and we will always be thankful for what they did and still do for us.
I think my parents are a mirror of what me and my brother are today.
My first exposure was when I bought a Honda CB200 as I needed something suitable for me to go to work with, I used to work as a bar tender.
I saw the bike at the shop and had to have it, when I picked it up from the bike shop I realized that I was never thought how to ride a bike, I just went on it and drove away. It is then when I realized my passion for bikes.
How did you get involved in drag racing?
I always loved Competition, My father made us drive the car on his lap when we where young and we used to pretend we where racing. My first Competitive drag race was with my Yamaha R1, after 2 days having the bike, I was suggested to enter a Drag Event and I was runner up in my class. That was the first step in Motorcycle Drag racing, from that moment on I never looked back and always aimed high, year after year step after step. Nothing was easy these past 10 years but with the help of everyone around me and the hard work and dedication, I always reached my goals.
I love all motor sport but the feeling in drag racing is superb, I can never in anyway explain what it takes to go nearly 200 mph in 7 seconds.
It’s not just a straight line racing, you really have to get into it and be ready for big challenges especially to accept that power is nothing without control, it takes a lot of knowledge to take a 550 – 600 hp bike down the track smoothly on a street tire, not any rider can do this, this is not a fast stock bike that you can handle mistakes, this is something else, anybody who rides these bikes must be confident in there tune ups, I think Super Street Bike is the hardest task you can have on a motorcycle, Its mean machine at its best.
Is your wife involved in your racing?
I am married to Graziella whom I met at a bar, at the time I was a proud owner of an OPEL ASTRA GSI so the day I saw her I made sure I gave her a ride home with the car, I think I managed to impress her.
She is the perfect wife and I would not change anything about her, she is very much involved in my racing, we talk everything between us before we make any move and she encourages me in everyway.
What year did you start racing or being involved in racing?
it was the year 2000 when I started taking things a step forward.
History of racing bikes and classes:
My first Race Bike was the Yamaha R1 which I converted to a nitrous bike and then build a Turbo system on it, it was fast at the time as I ran 9.01 at 163mph and I always ran in a super street class. But than new modern bikes where coming in and they where just as fast on a stock engine and I realized I had to do something to keep up, so Graziella and I decided we will look for a better bike and it is then when we thought of building a Turbo Hayabusa.
Current race bike / class:
SUZUKI HAYABUSA TURBO / SUPER STREET BIKE CLASS.
In Malta apart from the super street class I also race in the open class where bikes are equipped with wheelie bars, slicks etc… and I am still the record holder fastest and quickest in both classes.
Other Areas of Interest
Residence: Gzira (Malta)
Spouse’s Name: Graziella Giordmaina
Children’s Names: Jayden
Occupation: Managing Director
Home track: HalFar Raceway
Team Name: Simon Giordmaina Drag Racing
Crew Members: Apart from me and Graziella
- George Giordmaina (Helper and supplier of towing vehicles)
- Dominic Mallia (makes sure all is 100% before we go out for a run)
- Terrance Galea (Mechanical Engineer, we build our engines together… he knows his stuff)
- Roswell Bugeja (Helper & anything that require a strong man)
- Richard Demicoli (Computer Technician, takes care of all the software glitches)
- Eddie Muscat (chassis builder takes care of all the welding and chassis work)
Sponsors: The Notebook Centre (San Gwann) and Linguatime School Of English
- The First Maltese to run in the 7’s which was done at Santa Pod UK.
- Also the first to run in the 7’s in Malta on our track HalFar Raceway in front of the Maltese Crowd.
- The first Maltese rider to compete in big events overseas on the best tracks in Europe such as Santa Pod and Hockenheim
- 2011 Euro top bike Champion in the UK.
- Meeting Jean Todt (FIA president) at his visit to Malta and signed my championship winning trophy.
- Malta Drag Racing Champion Super Street 2009, 2010, 2011
Malta Drag Racing OPEN Class champion 2009, 2010, 2011
Maltese Record Holder in ET and MPH – Nitrolympx Hockenheim 3rd place in 2011
Euro Top Bike Champion 2011 in Santa Pod UK at the Extreme Bike
National Event Wins: Loads!
- When we decided to build the Hayabusa we had a goal in Mind, to be the first Maltese Rider to run a 7 second run… we built the bike in the UK and went there on several occasions to try and achieve the 7 second run, at first it looked like it will never happen, we decided the 2009 extreme bike weekend would be our last event no matter what happens, after all the hard work, everything came together in the very last race against Thomas Granica from Germany. It was than when I ran my first 7 second run, I cant express the joy I had when coming back to the pits and found all the uk super street guys cheering and my wife jumped on me, we nearly fell as I was still on the bike and got very emotional…
That is a moment to remember.
- Nominated for sports man of the year for 2 years running, 2010 & 2011
Recognitions outside of racing: My football career and the good times I spend With Graziella and our son Jayden….
Goals: This is a tough one, okay my goals for this year are to Break My own Record here in Malta. I would also like to try and change the setup of the bike to an outlaw and see what the outcome would be (this can be without me on the bike) Negotiations are in the making as we speak. If all goes to plan, we would be expecting some very good results in the coming months with my bike (stay tuned), but most importantly is that we enjoy every minute of it.
Another goal is to run in the ACU Top Fuel Championship with either a Top Fuel Bike or a Funny Bike….. But if the opportunity comes to light a top fuel bike would be choice as that is the most competitive.
Interest outside of racing: Having Quality time with my Son and Wife is the most important.
Favorite foods: Pasta Pasta and more Pasta, Pizza Margarita with Ham
Favorite movie: Behind Enemy Lines
What’s your daily driver? Ford Focus
Do you own a classic car or truck? I own a 4×4 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth it’s a 10 second car at the strip
What was your first motorcycle? Honda CB 200
Hero: I am my own Hero
Priorities: Family, Especially Now our Son Jayden….
Thanks To: Big thank you goes to My Wife Graziella for being there, not only in the Great moments, but her support shines at the worse moments where I will be close to giving up.
My Parents and my brother George, especially my father, He is always Behind every decision I make and Backs me up at all times, Although he does not like it when I make mistakes during a run He’s always aiming high and want me to be the Best.
All the persons that helped in anyway, I don’t want to leave anyone out (you all know who you are) Thanks guys.
The Malta Drag Racing Association Committee, Members and spectators, I am sure the committee always make there best to deliver the best they could, with all there limitation they are always delivering a Good track that we can break records on, and a Big one goes to all the members and Spectators that Keeps the MDRA Running and for showing appreciation when I deliver a good run there nothing like watching the crowd cheering when you come back from a good run in front of the Stands.
Last But Not least The Malta Motorsport Federation and Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport (Malta Sport Council) for involving themselves in the Licences and paperwork we need and appreciating that we all do this to Fly the Maltese Flag Always at a High Level.
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