I started riding motorcycles in 1968 when I was in college. I was a street rider, a rank beginner with a lot to learn. I discovered I loved riding, then found that I liked riding fast on curvy roads.
A painful accident caused me to consider racing, trading the dangers of the street for the relative safety of the race track. I started road racing at the club level in 1973.
In 1977 I was invited to race Ducatis owned and tuned by Dale Newton. We surprised a lot of people by winning the Sears Point AMA National Superbike race, my first professional race. Later that year we backed that up with a fourth at Laguna Seca and third place at Riverside.
In 1978 Dale and I raced in five of the six AMA Superbike races. In chronological order our finishes were DNF (mechanical) at Daytona, a fourth place at Loudon, another win at Sears Point, DNF (crash) at Pocono and a close second place at Laguna Seca. I ended up third in the championship that year.
In 1979 Dale couldn’t sponsor a bike so I choose to ride the ex-Butler & Smith BMW, then owned by San Jose BMW. We did not do well. After a couple of club races in 1980 I retired from racing. I was 32 years old and it was time to concentrate on career and family.
Between street riding, club racing and Superbike racing I’ve managed to collect a few stories. I’ll tell some of them in this blog. Watch for updates from time to time.