As someone who has been competitive against the top riders in the world, I had high expectations placed on me coming into this season. To be fair, I also put high expectations on myself. I knew racing a single wouldn’t be easy. All of the riders (besides myself) running in the top 15 have two or more seasons competing in this class. Many of them have their gearing figured out for each racetrack and understand the racecraft it takes to win races on a 450. I was, however, confident in myself that, on more equal motorcycles, I could rise to the occasion and contend for a championship.