MotoAmerica's KTM RC 390 Cup is a great series. It fills a void for guys and girls of that age to race at a national level in a competitive field. It's like the old Aprilia Cup but at the AMA races.
Fifteen should be the minimum age for Superstock 600. There are some 16-year-olds who can ride a Superstock 1000 bike and are fully aware of what they can and can't do. That's where it gets tricky.
When current top-tier riders were 12 years old, everyone knew those kids were going to get paid to race a motorcycle. They didn't know how good they were going to be but if they didn't get hurt that was going to be their job.
Kids who were in the top five or winning every other race were getting signed. That was automatic.
Racing with Mat Mladin made my racecraft better, and racing with Josh Hayes makes Cameron Beaubier's racecraft better. The only difference, really, is that Mat and I hated each other. That's why everybody liked to watch us.