I had been riding motorcycles for a long time, racing motocross and flattrack, but the RZ350 was my first roadrace bike. I heard you could make good money from Yamaha racing in the RZ Cup. I raced mostly in Texas-at Texas World Speedway, Oak Hill Raceway and Green Valley-and occasionally at Road Atlanta and Little Talladega. There were some good guys riding in Texas at that time-Kevin Schwantz and John Kocinski to name two. I did real good right away, but I couldn't ever seem to catch Kevin. One weekend at Texas World I was chasing him down when I rode off the track, tore through this little ditch and crashed bad. I broke that RZ clean in half, got knocked out and wasn't right for a week! After that race, Kevin's uncle, Darryl Hurst, who sponsored him, came up and said, "Keep trying to race with Kevin and you're gonna keep getting hurt." Of course, that just made me want to beat him even worse!