“This is a shot of me from
Washougal. What’s interesting
is that my bike had On The
Line graphics. I can remember
the guy from On The Line
Racing. He was connected
with Honda a bit. He had a
race team for a season or two,
and I’m on his bike.
“At the time, I consulted
with Mitch Payton quite a bit.
Hondas seemed to be the most
reliable and best-performing
bikes. I was still supporting my
racing career mostly by myself,
and the bikes were reliable.
Mitch started his Peak Honda
team in 1991. He had a lot of
Honda equipment, and he had
good engine packages that I
1993—BEATING THE KING
“I still vividly remember that race.
It was at Gainesville, Florida, in 1993.
Jeremy McGrath was just starting to
dominate. He won the Supercross title
in his rookie 250 season, and we had
an epic battle in the second moto at
Gainesville. I was riding for Honda of
Troy on a CR250. We were running
first and second the entire race, and
we must have passed one another four
times. It came down to the last corner
of the last lap. I protected the inside
line, but it was slower. Jeremy swept
around the outside and kept his speed
up. I started grabbing gears out of the
corner and I never shut off. I hit the
finish-line jump wide open and went
30 feet farther than anyone else had
jumped the whole day. I landed in
the braking bumps and blew my front
wheel out. I didn’t care, because I
won! It was one of my last really good
memories from the Nationals.
“I always had a lot of fun racing
with Jeremy. You could trust him, and
his line selection was clean. He never
tried to take me out.”