Eddie Lawson

With all deliberate speed

By Dean Adams

Eddie Lawson on...What he does today.Lawson splits his time between homes in Southern California and Lake Havasu, Arizona. He enjoys a relaxed lifestyle where he is beholden to no one and does what he wants every single day.

No job is the best job: Lawson has a personal services contract with Yamaha. But because of smart investing while he raced, he does not need to work for income. That said, if you're expecting him to be vegged out in front of the TV every afternoon, you'd be wrong.

Does he regret retiring at only 34 (Miguel Duhamel is 37):"The day I retired, I was happy with it and had no regrets. Like Bob Hannah said, `I had won enough, lost enough and crashed enough, and it was time to stop.'"

On his brief IndyCar career:"The truth about racing cars is that if a competent driver is in a great car, he will win. Yet a great driver in a bad car has no chance. On motorcycles, maybe a good rider on a bad bike won't win, but he definitely has a chance. In cars, you have no chance without the best machinery."

On MotoGP champ Valentino Rossi trying to be the first rider since Lawson to win back-to-back world titles on two different makes of machinery:"I think it's great for Yamaha that they're back up there, and I think it's great Rossi has a shot at it. I think it just proves that, even today, the rider is still very important in motorcycle racing.

"I hope Rossi wins the title for Yamaha this year. I really do. It'd be neat for Yamaha to win it, and if they do, Honda deserves to lose it."

By Dean Adams
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