worked real close with the guys in his team. First and foremost Wayne
has always been one to work on trying to figure out what they could
do to make the bike better. I mean he was doing the same thing when
he came Grand Prix racing. Kenny would have some guys videoing the
practice sessions. Then Wayne would sit down and watch them, it must
have taken ages, watching what his bike was doing lap after lap at
a corner, watching what my bike was doing, what Eddie's was doing.
He was prepared to do it."
"I never have focused a lot on watching other guys either out on the track or on video tapes. That's just Wayne though, he refuses to accept the fact that on any given day he might get beat. I would like to think that I try as hard as I can every time I go out but I know that there will be days when you can't win. There are good days and bad days for you and the bike."
Kevin was enjoying his racing and being paid to do it but he was not exactly getting rich. "In '85 I just rode for expenses from Yoshimura. In '86 I don't remember exactly what I got but lets say it was about $40,000 and about $60,000 in '87. I was still living with my Mom and Dad at the time, they sold their house in Houston and we were living in a condo."
In those days there was nothing like the pressure on his time that there is now. "About the only PR work we were doing were the Camel things on the Tuesday or Wednesday before the race trying to promote the events. We had no big sponsor for the team, just Yoshimura and US Suzuki and they didn't have a lot of PR stuff going on."
"I enjoyed dealing with the public. When I started racing it was just pure fun, when I got to riding the superbike it was still a lot of fun plus it was neat that a lot of people wanted to talk to you, meet you and hear about the bike and the racing. Those year's '85, 86 and especially '87 were probably the most fun that I have had racing. It always is good when you have a season when the bike is working well and with the exception of my own mental mistakes I basically felt like we should have been able to beat Wayne and win the championship."
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