THE BIKE: "That was a great bike… I won supercross and the outdoors that same year on that same bike. I was really hitting it that year on that bike. It was the last year of the works bike… It was the best bike I rode for sure at Kawasaki… The package was good, I was in great form, I'd hired Jeff Spencer that year for training and I was in pretty good shape the year before but he just brought my level up with some Olympic lifts, some heavy weight lifting / strength training that I needed for that bike, for 250 . So I was just at a super high confidence in my shape and the bike. When you get on that roll and you feel like you can't do anything wrong and you just like the bike, anyway you want it, it just works. I had no injuries, I was in perfect health. Those two years where I got three championships, I was feeling good… Those years we'd be over in Japan testing, we'd be over there in November for a month weeding out all the stuff we don't like, what we want, so all that comes over. And we'd do supercross testing, we'd make changes with clamps, whatever. They were hand made, we'd send 'em back and they'd ship 'em over. It took a little longer back then because there was no internet, so things moved pretty slow, but we pretty much knew what we wanted over there and give them a heads up for different clamps, different pipes, they'd make 'em all and send a big shipment over here that we'd try. And we'd come pretty close, then have 'em make more. The bikes were all hand-built and it was pretty cool. It was a fun era of trying stuff that you could do whatever you wanted. But there were a lot of trying times where you were breaking triple clamps off and bikes were just dropping to the ground when you'd land, so it was a time of being scared testing some stuff, and they'd break pretty bad. It took a little while until we started doing the testing. The Japanese used to do it and send it over, and they weren't hard on the bikes like we were, so we had to go do it… I was the type of rider where if the bike didn't bottom out one or two times per lap then it was too stiff. A lot of guys, when the bike would bottom out they'd freak out and want to go stiffer for that one bump, and it would kind of hurt them the other way around. But I liked a bike that was pretty plush, not too stiff. My riding style was I like to miss the bumps, picking lines rather than hammering through stuff like Stanton or Johnson… It kinda helped me in some stuff, like when the tracks were a little slippery, getting the power to the ground… I was a bottom end kind of guy. I would short shift it. Even on 125s I had a pretty big pipe on it, a bottom end pipe. I just kind of used the higher gears, like fifth and sixth on the 125, because I was more picking lines and being smooth. I think that's why I adapted to the 500 real well."