Was a good article. He had a large fanbase at Laguna in 2005. It appeared almost as big as Rossi. Probably because he lives in LA during the off season and Laguna is packed with SoCal fans. I guess they saw him as one of them!
I enjoyed his career and the contraversy he stirred up in GP. I also enjoyed his resurgence in World Supers. He was competitive day one, and backed it up with two titles. Remarkable.
I think he was one of the most important motorcycle racers of his time.