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@ bring 'em back,
Oh it was no race. It was just a demo ride. Hopper got to ride an Aprilia Cup demo ride at Laguna Seca. He was only about 14 or so. I remember seeing him in the riders group...his leathers were tattered and his Alpinestars were so worn there was duct tape all over them to cover the holes. He had not even turned pro yet.
John Ulrich rode to the track with Hopper on the back of his bike just so he could get a demo ride in. After the demo, Ulrich bought a Cup bike so Hopper could ride in the Cup Championship. That is the series that launched his professional career. He ended up winning the Cup Championship the same year as that demo ride.
At the time of the demo ride that I signed on to do 1 slot after Hopper he was unknown. He wasn't a pro yet, rather a WSMC licensed racer with several class championships. Whether his path to success would have changed was my only question. I do not doubt he would have succeeded regardless. Only that he would have gone to Super St