Then there was the stress of the overall Grand Prix program with Yamaha. It had turned into kind of a monster, really. I had to do more and more, and it seemed at times like I was having to do every bloody thing. Not just racing the bike-that would have been fairly easy-but spending days and weeks testing, trying to keep the Yamaha guys focused and bike development moving forward, making more PR appearances for Yamaha and the sponsors. And, of course, this required flying all over the world, especially with the GP calendar getting bigger and bigger. As if all that wasn't enough, I had also taken it on myself to improve the whole racing scene in Europe, to fight with the FIM to make Grand Prix racing more professional and safe, and to treat the riders the way they ought to be treated. To get the FIM to take us seriously I had to create a whole new international racing series-the World Series I discussed a few episodes back. And it didn't end there. I pushed for a riders' union, which would later develop into IRTA-the International Racing Team Association. The overall program just took up all my time, so much so that I didn't have time to deal with things like arm pump.