Bob and his Yamaha teammates. (From left) Rick Burgett, Bob Hannah, team manager Kenny Clark, Broc Glover, Mike Bell and Pierre Karsmakers.
“Roger helped me only because I would watch and learn from him. He had the desire to win and be a champion, and I wanted that as well. I tried to do what he did. That’s how Decoster inspired me.”
“Keith was a really hard worker and a good inspiration to me when he worked as my mechanic. He had one goal?winning. We both thought along the same lines because I wanted to win.”
Keith McCarty shades Bob at Daytona.
“There weren’t any team managers in my day that inspired me. To me they were all a bunch of horses mouths. There might be some inspirational team managers now, but there sure weren’t any in my day.”
“My dad was the one person that got me into riding. He was a big rider back in his day, and he influenced me to go riding.”
“I don’t get any inspiration from movies or books. Quite frankly, if the book isn’t about aviation then I don’t read it anyway. I find my inspiration in watching someone and wanting to be like them. That’s how it was with Roger Decoster. He had the money and all that came along with it. I look at movies and books strictly as entertainment.”
“A critical day in my life was when I was sitting in a phone booth talking to a motorcycle shop about buying a Husqvarna because I knew that bike was better than the CZ I was riding. I spent all my savings on that bike. It’s funny how things work out because if I had stayed on the CZ I wouldn’t have gone anywhere. I got noticed because I was riding a Husky and doing well. That’s eventually what got me my Team Yamaha ride.”
“I don’t think that I inspire anyone anymore [laughter]. The only thing that I was smart enough to do in my life was take advantage of a situation that I had my hands on. I’m not interested in Hollywood and the fakeness that comes along with it.”