“I had a Honda support
ride in 1983 and ’ 84. It
looks like I’m battling with
Troy Blake at Saddleback in
this photo from 1983. The
Honda CR125 was a very
interesting bike; I thought
it was very good. In 1984,
I rode for Honda again as
a support rider. I led some
Nationals and ran up front
on production equipment.
This was before the
production rule. The factory
bikes were all pretty gnarly,
but I managed to do well
and get attention. At the
end of 1984, Suzuki
contacted me, and then I
signed a deal with them
“This is a classic photo. I believe
this is from Hangtown in 1986.
That’s George Holland behind me.
We were archrivals, and we always
seemed to end up around the same
spot on the track. He ended up
riding for factory Suzuki, and we
became teammates. We formed a
friendship during the week when
we were testing. He was a really
good guy. Of course when it came
time for the weekend, we became
“I have a funny story about
George. Before I knew him, I raced
Indian Dunes on Friday nights.
I would win the 80 Expert class
every week. One night, I remember
getting the holeshot and leading.
All of a sudden, I heard this Honda
XR75 four-stroke on my butt the
whole race. I won, but as I pulled
off the track, I looked to see who
the kid was. He had the name
Holland on the back of his jersey.
That was the first time I had ever
seen George Holland. He was
riding this fire-breathing XR75, and