Smitty was right. Roadracing tire development was finally underway at Goodyear, and in a big way. There were major improvements in the compounds, and we had a choice of constructions, too. So we started to win races. In fact, we won enough races in the 500 class that I won the '78 500cc world championship and became the first rider ever to win a world championship in his first season of GP racing! Without Cahier, Mehl, Robinson, Pilliod and others at Goodyear, I'd have never won that title. If Goodyear hadn't put up the $150,000, I wouldn't have gone to Europe in '78. And who knows, if I hadn't gone to Europe that year, I probably wouldn't have gone at all. Remember, American riders were not exactly hot property in those days.