Nicky, five countries in six weeks. Can you talk about what it took a kid from Owensboro to get to the top of the profession the way you have? And how often do you get back to Owensboro?
I'm in Owensboro right now. We just flew in, me and most of the whole crew flew in to Evansville last night. That's normally the airport we fly into. So we got home late last night. Back home now to regroup for the final push. We're basically midway through our season, so it's an important time. Obviously, we started it young. My parents both raced. Our whole family is into bikes and just grew up with always the goal, just having fun, but always really wanted to make a career out of it. And it was something we all loved to do. So we had hoped to parlay it into a career. Luckily had some good sponsors and caught some breaks along the way. And every time we got an opportunity, we just tried to make the most out of it. Started out dirt-tracking and then got into road racing, and turned professional at 15 and just worked my way up to the race here in the AMA. And with the AMA championship in 2002, was able to get opportunity to go to MotoGP.
What is it about motorsports and Owensboro? You've got the Waltrips and the Greens and Mayfields in NASCAR, and you guys. Is there an atmosphere over there that's conducive to racing?
If you look at the results, there has to be something, definitely. Owensboro's turned out a lot of good people in motorsports and even sports, in general, for the population. You'd be surprised. A lot of athletes have came from this area. I don't think there's necessarily one thing that sticks out. I think it is quite a central location. There is a lot of racing here in the Midwest for motorcycles, and I think that helps it.
Nicky, in one of your answers there, you talked about making the most of opportunities. I know you and Roger have been aggressive about pursuing any possibility to race in World Championship, whether it be wild-card or moving up to MotoGP after winning your AMA championship. Tommy has been more content to stick around in domestic racing. Do you think he has any interest in dipping his toes in the water in world championship racing, and if so, how do you think he would do?
I think if the right opportunity came up, sure, he would like it. He would like to win the AMA championship first. That's a big goal of his. He's right in a good position. Him and Hayes looks like going down to the wire, which is exciting for bike racing in America. He's won a lot of Supersport races and titles. I think more than anything, an opportunity hsan't came up. It's one of those things where you've got to be in the right place at the right time, like Rog this week on the MotoGP bike. He got that opportunity almost because of not really having a good, solid ride right now with something. Life is like that. Just be there, be whatever, when you're name is called. Step up and try to make a splash. But I certainly believe in Tommy's talent and think with the right opportunity, he could certainly cut it at the international level.
Roger, do you think this experience this weekend will have any kind of help for your upcoming Moto2 opportunity, or is it just an extra thing on the side, pretty much?
Roger Lee Hayden:
No, I think this past weekend I learned a lot. The crew chief at LCR, he's been around for a long time. I learned a lot, believe me. I had no pressure on me, but he also gave me advice, a few times in practice, different things about stringing more laps together. I learned some stuff even for the World Superbike Championship this weekend that can help. I get to see a lot how the championship goes and how racing at the world level, going over different data. Just different things. You always try to learn from every circumstance. I felt like this weekend was a big opportunity for me, and I feel like I learned a lot. And I hope to carry it on for the rest of the year. I'm always trying to learn something, so I felt like any opportunity I can get, I can always keep using it.