Time to grid for the race, which meant big butterflies. Of Kurt Lentz, who raced this bike back in the day, Cycle World's Kevin Cameron said, "Lentz was the man in one of ABC's Agony of Defeat videos, fishtailing through the hay bales at Daytona in '78 and crashing heavily. He crashed into the pond at Loudon in '76, breaking his neck. He said later, `There I was, under the water and paralyzed. I thought, well, they'll either get me out or they won't.' He was soon riding again. [In 1983] he finished sixth at Daytona and had himself driven around the pits sitting in the side door of his van to show himself to his people. He survived many heavy crashes and seemed to be one of those guys who just goes faster and faster until they pile. At least one quite nice wife signed off, saying she didn't want to watch a prolonged suicide. He, like Jimmy Adamo and Kurt Liebmann, was one of racing's lifers."