EL: It was really weird. Honda was the arch-enemy. I knew what they were capable of because I'd raced them in Superbike and GP. But I was worried because the 1988 NSR500 wasn't very good. My first ride on the bike was at Suzuka in Japan. I remember it was raining. Erv put me on the '88 bike first. After a few laps, I was like, "Uh-oh, I might have screwed up." But then I got on the '89 model and within a few laps I was thinking, "Man, this thing's pretty good." At the Suzuka test, I began to understand how badly Erv wanted to win. Kel Carruthers and I sometimes argued about making changes to the Yamaha. With Erv, I learned to be careful about what I said or the wrenches would be flying. That was a big change for me. I got going pretty good in the wet. We made some changes, and I went faster. Then I highsided and whacked my wrist. Next time I got on the bike was at the first round in Australia. In practice, I slammed into the back of Kevin McGee; his engine had seized. I crashed hard—really hard. I'd already crashed twice, but Erv wasn't fazed. He never lost faith in me.