IN HIS OWN WORDS

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O “I don’t re­mem­ber life be­fore bikes. From the time I first crawled, I was around a mo­tor­cy­cle. My dad raced, even my mom raced be­cause my dad—the story goes—said he needed a fast girl be­cause he wanted to make fast ba­bies. He’d come from Ken­tucky, where horse racing is so pop­u­lar, and the blood­line is so im­por­tant.”

“I have been to coun­tries I never knew ex­isted in my racing ca­reer. I owe it all to mo­tor­cy­cle racing.’’

“Racing mo­tor­cy­cles is just a way of life for me. It’s what I know, it’s what I’ve al­ways done. My fam­ily does it, my friends do it, and it re­ally is more than just a job. It’s a pas­sion. Bikes are a way of life for me.”

“I never said, ‘When I get older, I’d like to be an as­tro­naut or the pres­i­dent.’ I never had these crazy dreams as a kid. I wanted to be a GP racer. And peo­ple some­times would ask my dad: ‘Did you have to make him prac­tise and train?’ They laugh be­cause, ‘No, I had to make him do his home­work or make him brush his teeth, but never to ride with a mo­tor­cy­cle.’ It was just a love for it and I still love it.”

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