"For as long as I can remember I was always around the likes of Kurt Nicoll and Dave Thorpe so I never really noticed everyone thinking I was the next big thing. The transition to the pros wasn't such a big thing to me, maybe it was because I was racing in Holland and out of the limelight here in the UK at that time? The transition for kids now though seems massive. My first ever GP was a 125GP in Italy and there was 80 riders and you were trying to qualify. I was s**ting myself but now how the system works there's even more pressure on a rider who gets into GPs."

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