might not be the
fastest, but he’s the
and clever rider.
He really knows
how to set up his
bike, and his
WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST COMPETITION IN
AMERICA? There were quite a few top riders during
my day. Names that come to mind are Jimmy Weinert,
Brad Lackey, Kent Howerton, Chuck Sun, Jimmy Ellis,
Tony DiStefano, Bob Hannah, and Steve Stackable.
Jimmy Weinert wasn’t the best rider, but he was tricky.
He always tried to get me off balance. As for the
toughest rider to pass, that distinction belongs to Chuck
Sun. He had such different lines from anyone else. He
was always at the point where I wanted to pass, so I
couldn’t get around.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE
EVOLUTION OF SUPERCROSS? Supercross was still
very dangerous when I raced, because we didn’t have
very much suspension and the tracks were scary. The
bikes now are so much better than what we raced with
in the 1970s. I still believe that the effort we put into
the races at that time is the same effort that the current
generation gives. We trained just as hard as they do now.
Racing is the same in some ways, because the riders are
trying to do their best.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RYAN
VILLOPOTO RACING THE GRAND PRIX SERIES? I
figured that it would be difficult for him. European tracks
are different from what’s found in America. In the U.S.,
there are a lot of artificial jumps. That’s not so usual in
Europe. The style of living is also drastically different.
The food, the travel and finding places to ride can be
tough. At home, you can get into a rhythm and style
of living that is comfortable and efficient. That’s what
I noticed when I first moved to California, and I’m sure
that’s what Ryan Villopoto had to deal with also.
WHO IS THE BEST MOTOCROSS RACER EVER?
In the early days it was Joel Robert. In second I would
put Heikki Mikkola, followed by Roger DeCoster. I would
put myself in the first 10 on the list. As for the best racer
from the current generation, I would have to say that it’s
Antonio Cairoli. He might not be the fastest, but he’s the
most consistent and clever rider. He really knows how
to set up his bike, and his willpower is fantastic. He eats
well and takes care of himself. Being in top condition
means finding and maintaining the balance between
working out and resting during the entire season.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR COUNTRYMAN, JEFFREY
HERLINGS? Herlings is the best sand rider in the
history of the sport. There has been no one better than
him in that type of terrain.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE FROM
WHEN YOU RACED TO NOW? The bikes, of course.
These days the new bikes are so fantastic. I still ride a
Pierre on his