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Bob Moore's 909 FMF Honda

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How the 909 bike came about. Chris Gosselaar was one of four riders on the FMF Honda team. An unfortunate incident left him with two broken feet when his bike shut down on the face of a big jump.

Bobby was the FMF team manager at the time.

Along came Danny LaPorte who was launching the 909 range of product, Danny pitched his idea to Bob. Build a 909 bike and hit the outdoors to promote 909.

Bobby decided to roll with the idea. Goose's mechanic was gone and I was pulled in to come wrench for Bob. We used Goose's bike as a base and with time dialed it in for Bob. While his fitness was not where it should have been he nevertheless was fast.

The dream started to derail - Varner, Bobby and myself were out testing carburators one day (a few weeks out from the start of the outdoors) when Bob went down hard and injured his shoulder.

That appeared to be the end of Danny's promo.

Come Glen Helen and Bob decided to give it a go. He was on pace in practice but his shoulder was still hurting so he decided to call it a day....or season..

Then came Mount Morris...Bob wanted another shot.

Both motos he was running top five before fading. The speed was there but not the fitness.

It was fun whilst it lasted and I stand to be corrected but that was Bob's last pro race.

Sadly, pictures of the bike are rare. We did do a professional photo shoot at a studio with the bike but can't remember where or who shot the pics.

Bob Moore is a great guy and it was a privilege to be part of that deal. Awesome memories.

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Legends and Heroes Tour to Honor Former Motocross World Champion Bob Moore at the Glendale Supercross
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GLENDALE, AZ – January 22, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Where history takes the lead. The Legends and Heroes Tour Traveling Moto Museum is happy to announce that they will again take part in the pit party activation in the Fan Fest activation at round four of the 2020 season in Glendale, AZ. The tour is now in its 11th season of celebrating the sport of supercross and motocross. In addition to their display of vintage machines and memorabilia from local enthusiasts, the tour will honor former motocross world champion Bob Moore during opening ceremonies.

About Bob Moore-
From very early in his career, Bob Moore’s professional motocross goal was to become World Champion, and in 1994 he achieved that goal by winning the 1994 FIM 125 World Championship.

In his first year as a professional racer, Moore won the AMA 125 West Coast Supercross Championship. The young athlete then set his sights on Europe and the pursuit of a World Championship. During the next nine years, Moore won 28 individual motos in the 125 and 250 classes. He was runner-up three times in that championship: 1990 and 1991 in the 125 class and 1992 in the 250 class. Moore also won three German National Championships, and, in 1990, he took the Indoor German Motocross crown.

In 1994 Moore achieved his goal of becoming a World Champion. He earned the 1994 FIM World Championship.

Following his success in Europe, Moore returned to the United States but did not leave the sport. He managed the FMF Honda motocross team. In 2000, Moore co-founded the Road 2 Recovery charity. He teamed with injured motocross racer Jimmy Button to form the foundation, eventually establishing an endowment that provides funds to offset the expenses incurred by injured racers and their families.

Today, Moore works for Wasserman Media Group. Moore is executive vice president of motorsports, action sports, and Olympics and works with MotoGP racers.

Join us on Saturday night as we honor Bob.

With the help of tour sponsor EZ-Up Shelters, the 2020 design will feature a walk-through timeline that celebrates all of the sports supercross champions. The tour has kept the founding fathers, and mothers, pure in their thoughts by honoring the men and women that shaped supercross and motocross into what it is today. They tell the story of supercross.

Thanks to our local friends at each round. The Legends Tour features some of the best vintage motocross bikes on display in a single location. Featuring different vehicles at each round, our guests can relive the machines of their youth and show their family and friends the early days of motocross and supercross. Look for the Legend and Heroes Tour Traveling Moto Museum at each round of the Monster Energy Supercross series in 2020.

See behind the scenes footage and great vintage photos and stories by visiting our website and social media accounts.

See behind the scenes footage and great vintage photos and stories by visiting our website and social media accounts.

Website – www.legendsandheroestour.org
Facebook – www.facebook.com/LegendsAndHeroesTour
Twitter – www.twitter.com/LegendsHeroes
Instagram – www.instagram.com/legendsandheroestour
YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/LegendsAndHeroesMX

About the Tour:
The Legends and Heroes Tour is a professional, historical display and timeline of America’s greatest motorsports, motocross, and supercross. On-site, the tour encompasses nearly 5000 square feet of moto-history with bikes, gear, and other memorabilia that transport our guests back in time through the history of the sport. Visited by more than 9 million guests since it’s inception, the Legends and Heroes Tour attends each stop of the Monster Energy Supercross Series and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series. Visit us in the Pit Party at a supercross or motocross near you or online at www.legendsandheroestour.org

The Legends and Heroes Tour would not be possible without great sponsors like Feld Entertainment, Monster Energy Supercross, Food for Life Bakery, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, EZup Shelters, Wossner, Yuasa, Boyesen, Motion Pro, Engine Ice, Acerbis, Spectro Oil, Rich Designs, Asterisk, Vintco, CALVMX, and Yamaha. Thank you all.

Source: The Legends and Heroes Tour

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Past Inductees – AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame
Bob Moore
From the time he was in his teens, Bob Moore had one goal in mind for his racing career: Win a world championship.

Moore started riding mini-bikes as a child, tossing his bike in the back of his father’s truck, going from track to track and racing. His father, once an amateur racer, owned a motorcycle trailer business, so Moore was always around bikes.

“He got me into the dirt,” Moore said. “We had some property, as well, so every day after school I would ride my (Honda) MR50 till dark.”

His perseverance and determination led to a highly successful mini-racing career. But when it came time to move up to a larger bike, Moore faced a challenge.

Moore’s dad told him he was too small to compete on a 125 and it was “time to give it up.”

“I don’t know if he said that as motivation or to get me to face reality,” Moore said. “But I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to show you.'”

In September 1984, Moore bought a 125 and began winning immediately. He turned pro and signed a $5,000 contract with Suzuki.

Moore won the 1985 AMA 125 West Coast Supercross Championship and decided it was time to head for Europe and chase a world title.

During the next nine years, Moore snagged 28 individual moto wins in the 125 and 250 classes. He was runner-up three times in that championship: 1990 and 1991 in the 125 class, and 1992 in the 250 class. Moore also won three German national championships: In 1989 and 1990, he was the German Motocross Champion, and, in 1990, he took the Indoor German Motocross crown.

Then, in 1994, Moore achieved the goal he set so many years earlier: He won the FIM 125cc World Motocross Championship.

After retiring from racing, Moore stayed close to the sport by managing the FMF Honda motocross team and co-founding Road 2 Recovery, a charity created in 2000 to support injured AMA professional motocross and Supercross racers.

Today, Moore works for Wasserman Media Group, serving as executive vice president of motorsports, action sports and Olympics and works with MotoGP racers.

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Interview: Bob Moore Published on 5 February 2015

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This season Ryan Villopoto will be trying to win America’s first World title for 20 years! Yes. it is an incredible statistic but it really has been that long!

The last American world champion is one of motocross racing’s nice guys, Californian Bob Moore, who now works as an agent with riders in MotoGP, MXGP and US MX/SX.

It was back in 1994 that Moore took the 125 world championship, a long nine years after he first arrived on the GP trail. Moore had contended for both the 250 and 125 titles in that time before finally clinching the title he wanted so badly on the famous black Chesterfield backed Rinaldi Yamaha.

Open, friendly and still possessing a passion for the sport that took him to the GPs in 1986 as a teenager, Moore chatted freely about anything and everything to do with motocross.

Sit back and enjoy a fascinating insight into the life of one of the GP legends from the 90s.

Gatedrop: When you came over back then it was probably harder to live with all the different borders and currencies.

[quote_center]”It comes down to the day to day living -that is one hurdle you have to overcome. To be honest the first two years I raced over here I hated it – it was just brutal.”[/quote_center] I spent all of the money that I raced travelling back and forth to the states. I spent over $20,000 in airfare going back and forward. It was so hard for me to live and be away from my friends.

Gatedrop: Going back to your career, you won the world title but you were competing in the world championship for a long time and always up there, what are your fondest memories of that time?

Moore: Obviously winning the World Championship was something I had wanted as a little kid even racing in America. I wanted to be world champion, I don’t know why I had that but it was just something that stuck in my head that I wanted to be world championship and not supercross champion.

I think what I took looking back at it now was the people I met and it changed me as person. I can easily say that if I took the route of supercross and staying in America I would have been a different person .

You have a really different outlook living over here. I was living with an Italian family and doing the whole Italian thing more than any other country but it changed me. It is something I really appreciated and was fortunate enough to be able to do.

In 2011 I brought my family to leave in Italy. My wife and I talked about it a few years ago and I wanted to bring my kids over to see what life was like here. I knew it would be challenge because my kids are 16 and 14 years old but I wanted to show them something other than Southern California. You get in this bubble in California and you think everything is like that and it’s not.

We lived in a beautiful place in Florence, Italy. We put the kids in a private school and they learned Italian, they didn’t complain and they really got a different perspective.

Of course of you ask them now they like California where they are from but if you ask them in ten years I think they will say it was pretty cool because not a lot of people have been able to do that.

Gatedrop: You had a big crash in Foxhill in 93 did that affect you much?

Moore: I was really struggling that year anyway. I had a really good year in ’92, I was racing for Rinaldi and I wasn’t factory rider I was more a satellite rider but I ended up getting second in the 250 world championship. Then I went to factory Suzuki and for whatever reason that bike never suited me well.

I was maybe a bit too over zealous on that jump. I remember I got passed by another rider and I was just like ‘man, I got to get by this guy.’[quote_center] “But I went too fast and hit the lip at the top and was rolling windows down twenty feet in the air going 40mph. I landed and shattered my ankle, out of all the injuries this left ankle is still…on a day like today (cold) I feel it.”[/quote_center] I shattered the pivot bone in there, it’s still sore today. I didn’t get surgery but that was because it was all broken into pieces.

Gatedrop: To come back and win the 125 world championship the year after then was a great achievement.

Moore: Yea and an interesting statistic about me and Foxhill was I either went to the hospital or I won the Grand Prix! I got two wins and two hospital runs!

To win the GP at Foxhill in ’94 was great and I nearly won the championship that day but Chiodi at the time made a couple more passes and kept me from winning. But I just had to go to the last round and get a fourteenth to win.

It was funny because I don’t know how other riders are when they win a world championship, but for me it was something that I waited for my whole life.

It took me nine years to get to that point but after that race (Foxhill) I wanted to scream and yell because I had won it, but really I hadn’t quite because something could happen (at the final round) my bike could blow up and I could lose!

I was wanting to be so excited after than race but I had to go home and ride and train for two weeks. The final race we went to in Belgium and for the first moto all I wanted to do was get a start. If I got a decent start I was going to win the world championship.

I remember going to the GP it was like – you know when everything works perfect for you? Well, the gate felt like it dropped three seconds earlier for me. I got the perfect start, got into the lead and I went as fast as I could and won by eleven seconds. That was the final moment when I could finally scream, ‘yeaahhhh!’

Gatedrop: Did waiting the nine years make it sweeter?

Moore: It did, I did not race without injuries every single year of my professional career. I broke an arm or a leg or ankle and even the year I won I broke my thumb in January. That didn’t bother me because the season didn’t start until April but then in December I broke my tib/fib and dislocated my ankle.

I didn’t escape injury free like some of the other top riders can do but I am blessed to have one championship, have three second places and I won a ton of Grand Prix. More importantly I met a lot of cool people.

Gatedrop: I guess it gives you the connections today to do your job now.

Moore: Yeah that is how I have a job now. I knew all these people and when I decided to become a manager I was lucky enough that riders would say, ‘I know Bob, I’ll trust him to do my contract.’ That’s how I got into it and the people I deal with now like the boss of Yamaha for MotoGP – he was my boss when I won my world title.

It’s the same type of people, some are in MotoGP now but some are still in motocross. It’s just because of me being around so long and knowing so many different people I have been fortunate enough to have this job.

Gatedrop: I remember you made a one off comeback in ’99 for FMF Honda when you were the team manager.

Moore: I don’t call it a comeback! I was that guy that looked at riders that came back… this sport is too hard when you get to that level you cannot retire and come back at the same level. I don’t care who you are it’s never been done, whether it’s Michael Jordan or whoever – you can’t do it, it’s too hard.

I was getting pressure the whole year by the team. I would go out and ride with the riders and I was usually faster than them on outdoors. I did it because that year they were bagging on the bike so bad and I was saying, ‘look I can ride it,’ and they would say ‘come out and race!’

So I said I would do one race. I was going to do the first round at Glen Helen and I ended up separating my shoulder. So then I said I would do Mt Morris. I was in fourth until the last few minutes of the first moto and then we had some problems with the bike and I almost endoed on the finish line jump and i just pulled over and said, ‘ you know what? I don’t get paid to do this, this is too dangerous!’ so I just parked it and that was it!

Gatedrop: It was a pretty cool story to come back and beat the riders you were managing!

Moore: Yea well Tallon Vohland was running second so I wasn’t quite beating everyone but it was a good time. I retired the year before but I still won a GP in ‘97 – the Spanish GP.

I was still young enough to compete for a few more years but the reason I retired was because if I felt I couldn’t win a world championship I didn’t want to race. I didn’t want to be that guy out there collecting £100,000 and finishing eighth or seventh in the series – that wasn’t a motivation for me. Then when I got the opportunity to manage with FMF Honda and work with the young riders it was perfect.

One of the toughest things to do is to find something to do that you really enjoy. For a lot of riders this is all they know. They don’t have any passion to do anything else. I was fortunate because I had a job I could get paid to do something I love to do. The riders need to find a place in racing somehow whether it’s as a goggle guys or clothing guy or team manager. You look at Stefan Everts and he is doing well. It’s tough too with our economy to pay a guy $50,000 plus all the travel, it’s tough but I was fortunate to find a good job.

Now I am doing MotoGP and our company is still looking to get into F1 and that is a final thing from a motorsport perspective but we are a smart company and we aren’t going to make silly decisions. We are taking it step by step.

Interview and picture: Jonathan McCready

Bob Moore

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1986 Works Suzuki RA125
Featured here is Bob Moore's 1986 works Suzuki RA125. Bob raced this bike in Europe
in the 125 GP World Championship. He finished ninth after breaking his ankle.

I had an opportunity to speak with Bob about his career and this bike. Bob started racing
Unable to secure a factory ride in the States, Bob moved to Europe where he secured a
Factory ride with Team HB Suzuki. He was only 17 years old! During his race career in
Europe, Bob came in second three times in World Championships (1990 and 1991 in the
125 class and in 1992 in the 250 class). Bob never gave up and he eventually won the
125 World Championship in 1994!

It was Bob's belief that the bike was in as raced condition and exactly as he remembered
it. Bob went on to say that the bikes he raced were very well built and that they all had
the latest technology available. In 1986, the Production Rule went into effect in the
United States. This rule, which in effect, placed restrictions on factory teams from
producing "one off" race bikes, was not in effect in Europe under FIM rules! This RA125
is fine example of a true "works" bike and is in "as raced" condition.

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Bob Moore was kind enough to sign the side panels of his bike. It was last raced in September 1986. Bob finished 9th
in the 125GP World Championships that year....his first year in Europe!
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TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES, TWELVE SECONDS WITH BOBBY MOORE

STEVEAPRIL 10, 2013

The last American World Champion gives us his thoughts

25 minutes and 12 seconds with… Bob Moore

Interview by Jonathan McCready

Picture by Nigel McKinstry

Surprisingly it has been almost twenty years since an American won a world motocross crown. The last American to win a world title is still Californian Bob Moore.

It was back in 1994 that Moore took the 125 world championship, a long nine years after he first arrived on the GP trail. Moore had contended for both the 250 and 125 titles in that time before finally clinching the title he wanted so badly on the famous black Chesterfield backed Rinaldi Yamaha.

Moore had made the trip to the 2013 Dutch GP where we were able to catch up with him to talk about his career and about his current role in the sport.

Open, friendly and still possessing a passion for the sport that took him to the GPs in 1986 as a teenager, Moore chatted freely about anything and everything to do with motocross.

Sit back and enjoy a fascinating insight into the life of one of the GP legends from the 90s.

Pulpmx: Nice to see you at the GP -what capacity are you here in?

Bobby Moore: I still work for a management company Wasserman Media group and we have quite a few riders in GP racing. Our current MX1 riders are Steven Frossard and Tommy Searle so I am just here overseeing things. Jamie and Jeremy look after the day to day things I am just here taking in old memories and stuff. This is the first Grand Prix that I ever raced – it was in 1986 so it was a while ago! But it is always fun to come back and see everyone.

Are you enjoying the job?

I can say for someone that has been racing all his life and enjoying this awesome sport it is such a pleasure to doing this. I really believe if you want to be good at something you have to have passion about it and I have so much passion for racing in general and it keeps me coming back.

You were the last American to be World championship, is it hard to believe that was nearly twenty years ago?!

It’s crazy. It is a long time ago, I think a little bit of that is because of the strength of the US supercross series you don’t see as many Americans coming this way now as you did in the 80s.

It is still neat to know. I still have my motorcycle that I won the title, it sits right outside my office so I get to see it every day – it’s pretty cool.

When you came over back then it was probably harder to live with all the different borders and currencies.

It comes down to the day to day living -that is one hurdle you have to overcome. To be honest the first two years I raced over here I hated it – it was just brutal. I spent all of the money that I raced travelling back and forth to the states. I spent over $20,000 in airfare going back and forward. It was so hard for me to live and be away from my friends.

After those first two years I told myself, ‘look, this is what I want to do and this is where I want to be.’ I tried not to live like I was in America. It made all the difference in the world and from then it became easier for me.

I think that is the toughest thing for Americans it is such a different lifestyle but again nowadays it is way easier with the credit cards and no money changing. Now it is pretty much like living in the states now.

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Moore on his sweet Chesterfield Yamaha back in the day. Photo courtesy of Racer X.

Zach Osborne did pretty well adopting that attitude?

I think Zach did exactly what you needed to do. Zach always had the ability and the talent to run at the front but he had a few injuries at the wrong time in the States and he came here and showed everyone what he was capable of doing. It opened up a whole new door for him in the states, which is great. He has a two year deal with Factory Connection although I know he is not so happy with his season so far but he is going to do well.

What riders are you representing in America?

We have Chad Reed, we have the H&H team, Davi Millsaps, Tyla Rattray and Blake Baggett. We have a really good slew of riders, it’s fun to see them do something they love and get paid for it.

Davi Millsaps has had a great season but then Baggett and Chad Reed have had difficult years is that difficult to manage?

I don’t manage their day to day business, I basically oversee things if there is a big problem or a contract that has gone wrong, then I can step in. The nice thing is Davi has always had that ability to ride a motorcycle and when I really pushed hard to sign him back six years ago you could see he had the ability to win and not a lot of riders have that ability to ride a motorcycle that he does.

For me to see what he has done has been really, really nice. He has a family now, he is more stable in his home life and I think that rolls over onto the racing life as well.

Chad on the other hand has had kind of a bummer season. He started out ready to go but coming back from the injury he had was pretty hard. He started to get back into it but the knee injury was holding him back. I don’t know if he is going to miss Houston but if he doesn’t make it he is supposed to be back for Minneapolis so that will be good to see him back racing.

Blake had a good chance to win the 250 West Coast but when you get injured it’s over. The first weekend those guys had off was this weekend, it’s just a really long schedule to stay healthy for.

What about Baggett for the outdoors, will his wrist be ready?

O yeah he will be good. That guy has so much ability on the motorcycle he will be difficult to beat again. He is so fit and the heat is something he excels at. It seems like the outdoors are even harder than the supercross from a fitness stand point. We will see, Roczen has stepped up his game this year so I think you will see him and Musquin pretty close to the front.

Being part of racing in 2013 there hasn’t been this kind of racing ever in Supercross. The top six or seven 450 guys are gnarly. I mean they are so good that you don’t get a bad start and just come up. You saw what Villopoto was doing at the start of the season and it wasn’t because he was slow it was because he was having a hard time coming through. Now things are shuffling themselves out and couple of guys are getting injured but still, the racing is just unbelievable, it is really strong.

And that is good for the sport…

Unbelievable, I was just sharing with a couple of guys earlier, that from a sponsorship stand point and the public that we have had probably the best ever. The TV ratings are really high and you almost have live supercross coverage at every round and the attendance has been really good as well so it has been really good to see.

Going back to your career, you won the world title but you were competing in the world championship for a long time and always up there, what are your fondest memories of that time?

Obviously winning the World Championship was something I had wanted as a little kid even racing in America. I wanted to be world champion, I don’t know why I had that but it was just something that stuck in my head that I wanted to be world championship and not supercross champion.

I think what I took looking back at it now was the people I met and it changed me as person. I can easily say that if I took the route of supercross and staying in America I would have been a different person .

You have a really different outlook living over here. I was living with an Italian family and doing the whole Italian thing more than any other country but it changed me. It is something I really appreciated and was fortunate enough to be able to do.

In 2011 I brought my family to leave in Italy. My wife and I talked about it a few years ago and I wanted to bring my kids over to see what life was like here. I knew it would be challenge because my kids are 16 and 14 years old but I wanted to show them something other than Southern California. You get in this bubble in California and you think everything is like that and it’s not.

We lived in a beautiful place in Florence, Italy. We put the kids in a private school and they learned Italian, they didn’t complain and they really got a different perspective.

Of course of you ask them now they like California where they are from but if you ask them in ten years I think they will say it was pretty cool because not a lot of people have been able to do that.

You had a big crash in Foxhill in 93 did that affect you much?

I was really struggling that year anyway. I had a really good year in ’92, I was racing for Rinaldi and I wasn’t factory rider I was more a satellite rider but I ended up getting second in the 250 world championship. Then I went to factory Suzuki and for whatever reason that bike never suited me well.

I was maybe a bit too over zealous on that jump. I remember I got passed by another rider and I was just like ‘man, I got to get by this guy.’ But I went too fast and hit the lip at the top and was rolling windows down twenty feet in the air going 40mph. I landed and shattered my ankle, out of all the injuries this left ankle is still…on a day like today (cold) I feel it. I shattered the pivot bone in there, it’s still sore today. I didn’t get surgery but that was because it was all broken into pieces.

To come back and win the 125 world championship the year after then was a great achievement.

Yea and an interesting statistic about me and Foxhill was I either went to the hospital or I won the Grand Prix! I got two wins and two hospital runs!

To win the GP at Foxhill in ’94 was great and I nearly won the championship that day but Chiodi at the time made a couple more passes and kept me from winning. But I just had to go to the last round and get a fourteenth to win.

It was funny because I don’t know how other riders are when they win a world championship, but for me it was something that I waited for my whole life.

It took me nine years to get to that point but after that race (Foxhill) I wanted to scream and yell because I had won it, but really I hadn’t quite because something could happen (at the final round) my bike could blow up and I could lose!

I was wanting to be so excited after than race but I had to go home and ride and train for two weeks. The final race we went to in Belgium and for the first moto all I wanted to do was get a start. If I got a decent start I was going to win the world championship.


I remember going to the GP it was like – you know when everything works perfect for you? Well, the gate felt like it dropped three seconds earlier for me. I got the perfect start, got into the lead and I went as fast as I could and won by eleven seconds. That was the final moment when I could finally scream, ‘yeaahhhh!’

Did waiting the nine years make it sweeter?

It did, I did not race without injuries every single year of my professional career. I broke an arm or a leg or ankle and even the year I won I broke my thumb in January. That didn’t bother me because the season didn’t start until April but then in December I broke my tib/fib and dislocated my ankle.

I didn’t escape injury free like some of the other top riders can do but I am blessed to have one championship, have three second places and I won a ton of Grand Prix. More importantly I met a lot of cool people.

I guess it gives you the connections today to do your job now.

Yeah that is how I have a job now. I knew all these people and when I decided to become a manager I was lucky enough that riders would say, ‘I know Bob, I’ll trust him to do my contract.’ That’s how I got into it and the people I deal with now like the boss of Yamaha for MotoGP – he was my boss when I won my world title.

It’s the same type of people, some are in MotoGP now but some are still in motocross. It’s just because of me being around so long and knowing so many different people I have been fortunate enough to have this job.

I remember you made a one off comeback in ’99 for FMF Honda when you were the team manager.

I don’t call it a comeback! I was that guy that looked at riders that came back… this sport is too hard when you get to that level you cannot retire and come back at the same level. I don’t care who you are it’s never been done, whether it’s Michael Jordan or whoever – you can’t do it, it’s too hard.

I was getting pressure the whole year by the team. I would go out and ride with the riders and I was usually faster than them on outdoors. I did it because that year they were bagging on the bike so bad and I was saying, ‘look I can ride it,’ and they would say ‘come out and race!’

So I said I would do one race. I was going to do the first round at Glen Helen and I ended up separating my shoulder. So then I said I would do Mt Morris. I was in fourth until the last few minutes of the first moto and then we had some problems with the bike and I almost endoed on the finish line jump and i just pulled over and said, ‘ you know what? I don’t get paid to do this, this is too dangerous!’ so I just parked it and that was it!

It was a pretty cool story to come back and beat the riders you were managing!

Yea well Tallon Vohland was running second so I wasn’t quite beating everyone but it was a good time. I retired the year before but I still won a GP in ‘97 – the Spanish GP.

I was still young enough to compete for a few more years but the reason I retired was because if I felt I couldn’t win a world championship I didn’t want to race. I didn’t want to be that guy out there collecting £100,000 and finishing eighth or seventh in the series – that wasn’t a motivation for me. Then when I got the opportunity to manage with FMF Honda and work with the young riders it was perfect.

One of the toughest things to do is to find something to do that you really enjoy. For a lot of riders this is all they know. They don’t have any passion to do anything else. I was fortunate because I had a job I could get paid to do something I love to do. The riders need to find a place in racing somehow whether it’s as a goggle guys or clothing guy or team manager. You look at Stefan Everts and he is doing well. It’s tough too with our economy to pay a guy $50,000 plus all the travel, it’s tough but I was fortunate to find a good job.

Now I am doing MotoGP and our company is still looking to get into F1 and that is a final thing from a motorsport perspective but we are a smart company and we aren’t going to make silly decisions. We are taking it step by step.

The Superfinal is a controversial thing in the GP’s but what are your thoughts on it? You have a pretty unique perspective.

You have to have that one race show because that’s what people know. I don’t know if I agree with have the 250s along with the 450s because it’s never a fair race I raced my whole life and there is never a track you go to where a 250f is better than a 450f. I don’t know how you solve that but I like the idea of going to a one race format. From a television format that is why supercross has become so successful because you have just one main event.