In 1982 Ricky Johnson went into the 250 class after earning 7th overall and Rookie of the Year honors the year before in the 125 class. The 1982 outdoor season-opener was at Hangtown.THE EVENT: "I went to the national, it was a very stacked field with Donny Hansen, Broc Glover, I mean if you go into the record books there were a lot of good guys there. So I went to Hangtown thinking it would be awesome if I could get into the top 5, you know, because I was Rookie of the Year the year before on the 125, I was 17 years old, riding the 250 class, on a bike that I think nobody thought I was gong to do that good on. And I won the first moto. When I came off the track I asked, 'Did everybody fall in the first turn?' and they said, "No, you actually just kicked their ass." So I was kind of surprised. And then in the second moto, this was going to be my first overall win, I didn't want to screw it up; Warren Reid got the holeshot, he was going really fast as well and I got into second. I forget now who got second in the first moto but I knew I had the overall, I didn't want to do anything stupid, because the second moto, which I think this is, it started to dry out, so it just got sticky, so you want to make sure that you don't tuck a front wheel or something like that. So I was able to pull off a win and damn near pull off a championship that year on a bike that everyone said was thebiggest pile of s%$# in history… It was raining coming up to it, tech was walking around with umbrellas; we knew it was going to be muddy. You always question if it rains too hard are they going to cancel the race but we knew it was a national so more than likely they weren't going to cancel it. So I just prepared myself for battle. Growing up in Southern California, I didn't get a lot of rain, I didn't race in the mud a lot, but I always seemed to do well in the mud because I think I went at it with 'I don't care.' I mean, I cared how I did, a lot, but I didn't let the mud worry me, I just made sure I could survive. I knew I could survive if I could see, and if I could hang on to the handlebars I could do good. So I did my work and got ready to go and had a great day."