Just wanted to take a moment to write a note of thanks to all those people who made my racing experience in Australia such a great one! Wow, to be offered the opportunity to step into a “factory” ride supported by Yamaha with one of the best teams in “Oz” was so much fun and the bikes – man, those things ripped. I especially want to thank Gavin, Craig, and all the other guys at Serco as well as Factory Yamaha for giving me such a great opportunity and for making my bike run well and look so good – to be able to represent the team while flying my country’s colors meant a lot to me… to be accepted as one of the guys, well, that was priceless. It was a great experience and one that I feel I learned a lot from. My starts got better, the speed was there, and I even got to race in the rain as well as the fact that I won my first night show and finished second on the podium in the series overall all – man, what a great feeling.
I also want to give special thanks to the following: to Kirk Gibbs for being a great mate and riding partner – I hope you heal up quick, to all of the Australian fans who welcomed me and supported me like one of their own – you are some of the nicest people that I have ever met, to my sister for coming from the USA to support me at my last race, to Carlos (Davi’s mechanic) for the pre-race pep talk because my dad wasn’t there, and finally to the guy who finds the $$$ in the wallet that I lost while in Australia…again, many thanks for making my experience unforgettable!
The depth of racing talent “down under” is truly amazing. I can only say, again, it was a fantastic experience. I hope to return and race again next year. God bless and I look forward to seeing you all at the races!