Originally Posted by tinhead
Anyone remember the days of AMA 250's and Rich Oliver's dominance in the last decade of them?
He got a wildcard ride at Laguna Seca back in the '90's on a rented World spec 250, back then all the classes came to Laguna. He was way down in the field in practice, and the Aokis, Hardadas, Biaggis and Melandris of the age were embarassingly quicker.
Some journo asked him what he had to do to catch up, Olivers' respose was "I don't know how they're doing that at all".
Even champions need to learn things, or invent them.
Loudon 2002 AMA National. Jeff Wood was looking fastest, but had to start from the back after Q races. Oliver made the rounds of the paddock asking riders to hold Wood up. Even my son who was starting 4th row. Of course old timer, Jim Filice, was making a come back of sorts. He owned the joint an won going away. He dedicated the win to his Dad. Went on to say that Loudon was a lot like a mile dirt track. Was a good day to be a fan.