"I didn't know anything about racing. My friend said, 'You need a bike, boots, gloves, helmet and leathers.' I couldn't afford to pay for all that, so I became a courier to save money for my leathers. After two months I took all the money to my father, and he said, 'Okay, I'll let you go because you've proved that you really want to do this. But you can only do it one time!'