THE SEASON: "At the tail end of the '96 season, I was told by Keith McCarthy at Yamaha that they were going to renew my contract, and if I was good with the way my contract was they would get things written up and we'd resign and I'd be on Yamahas in '97. And right after Washougal, which was one of my best rides - I came from way back in the pack both motos, I was still passing guys on the last lap to end up third overall, which was one of my stronger finishes and I was really excited about it - well I got home from Washougal and Keith called me and he said, 'Hey, I don't know why or what the reason is, but they've decided not to renew your contract.' It caught me totally off guard because he'd just told me they were going to. And man, I'd been with that company forever, and those guys were as much family as… as my parents because I'd spent so much time with them. So I had a lot of trust in them, obviously. So it was pretty much cut and dried. I got off the phone and was highly pissed off, I was like, 'What did I do?' and, 'Why is this not?' I probably sat there for twenty minutes, and then I called Bob Hannah. At the time we did a fair amount of flying together. I was already living in Idaho and talked to him a little bit, and then got off the phone with him, and the next phone call was Jim Hale, and that's how the whole Manchester Honda thing came about. We just put our heads together, and obviously with a ton of Jim's help, we made that team come together… It was probably one of my most fun years racing, my early years at Yamaha when results were awesome, and how everybody smiled and had fun, it was very similar on this team that I put together with Jim Hale and AXO and Manchester Honda. And Jim made the comment, 'We don't really care how you do, we just want to have fun and we're glad that you're here and we're a part of it.' I mean, what can make a guy feel better than that? And later on that year we had some decent results and won Mt. Morris that year… I've been asked the question a lot by fans and still today people ask me in regards to motocross or supercross . I really enjoyed both and it was cool because back then, or in the earlier days, we would switch back and forth. You would do a couple supercrosses and then you would go to the outdoors, which was tough. And then later on, you'd do outdoors, and then you're ready for supercross; you're ready for a change. And I liked that. I liked to split it up and I felt like I was as equally good at both, maybe just had a little bit better luck in supercross, but I enjoyed both of 'em and didn't prefer one over the other."