“When I was growing up my dad was my first mechanic. When I got older Ray Hunald, Bob Oliver, Ron Heben and Brian Lunnis took over. The mechanic that helped me the most was Cliff Lett. He was with me when I was 14 or 15 and I would go stay with him at his house. That way I could learn about the bikes and stay out of trouble in my younger years.”

    “Larry Griffis was a great man to look up to as a father figure. He always took care of all his riders. When Suzuki made me a better offer he didn’t play any games with me. He simply told me that Yamaha couldn’t match the deal. After I found out that the deal was false, he was happy to have me back at Yamaha. I thought that was very nice of him.”

Ricky and Broc have a heart-to-heart.

    “Broc was an inspiration to me when I was growing up because he was a rider that I thought had great talent and a very hard work ethic. In my mind he had the key to success. I tried to follow his path to success, and he helped me the most by pushing me to succeed.”

    “My dad got me into riding when I was young. He had a Yamaha 250 enduro, but he was also into Harley’s and Indian’s. The fact that he rode motorcycles sparked my interest in riding.”

    “The movie ?On Any Sunday’ made me want to go out and ride my dirt bike. That movie made motocross look so fun. I know that I’m not alone in my feelings towards that movie.” 

    “The person that understands me the most is my wife, Stephanie. The guy who has been around me the most is John Alveres. He was my best man at my wedding and I was best man at his. During my racing career he was the person that came up with the dog sticker that I ran on my helmet.”

    “I am just a normal guy that fights hard and loves what he does. I don’t think that I am anything special, so I feel that I am inspirational to anyone that fights hard and believes that they can do anything they want to accomplish. The reason that I say it is because I don’t feel that I am a hero figure, but instead more like Forrest Gump.” 

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