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One year during a Laguna Seca race weekend I had an interesting experience with a then unknown John Hopkins. There was a demo ride on Aprilia Cup 250s and we went to the track early to get a shot at one. There were 16 of them and around 23 of us showed up to ride. John was 14 I think, didn't even have a street license to ride or drive yet. When we were all assigned numbers for the ride, John got #16 and I got 17. Needless to say, he rode and I didn't. He went on to win the Aprilia Cup Challenge that year and launched his career. One of those situations where what happens if I'm 3 minutes earlier to the track and I rode and he didn't? I'd still have ended doing what I did but would his path to success have changed?