When you look at the guys coming through now, they're all schooled and trained to be professional racers but we were just doing it for the love of it and it was great fun.
Those times with the seven of us in the transporter were busy, but they were great times!
So what would you have done if you hadn't been a bike racer?
I did my training in computing and was going to go on to university to study it when I had my first professional ride offered to me. I think I went in the right direction.
So you were 22 when you got your first professional contract and came to racing quite late, did you find that a disadvantage?
The downside is that teams see younger riders as a better bet for the long term. But the way I came through into racing has meant that I never feel burnt out, which can be a danger if you start young. It's a job that I'm still keen about and hungry for.
The fact that I've come in later and kind of earned it means that I still love the sport, have a passion for it and can't see myself ever tiring of it.
Some of the younger guys are actually thinking of retiring in their mid-twenties and have missed out on a normal lifestyle when growing up. I've lived a good life of study, work and travel so I feel I'm quite grounded and my head's not in the clouds.
Racing is a hard arena to grow up in so I think it was good that I had developed my character a bit before starting in it.
So if I put you, John and Eugene on the same bike for a short race, who would win?
It'd be really close (laughs) and we've always said that we'd love to be on even equipment so that we could compare.
Me and Eugene have a similar methodical way of going about our racing whereas John is a little different, having said that though, I think we all have a similar skill level. I think it'd be very close between me and Eugene and on a standard bike I think I could beat Eugene. But John would probably beat us both if they were Superstock bikes because that's something he's already done.
When Eugene was going into WSBK he needed to get used to the bigger bike so we both went out on standard R1s and I was faster than him over a lap. That's probably the closest we ever got to going head to head.
Why do you race, what do you get out of it?
I still get the same buzz and adrenalin out of it now as I ever did. It's also my job now and what I earn a living, from but even if I wasn't I would probably still be racing just for the love of it if I could afford it. For a combination of excitement and the thrill of competition and attaining goals, you just can't beat it.
It becomes part of you when you grow up with it and I have to say I don't know how easy it will be to walk away from when I finally decide to retire. Once you've had a taste of it it's hard to get away from.
Tell us about your style?
I don't need to bed in at the beginning of races, I can immediately get up to race pace and find any gaps available.