A couple of years after that afternoon, we started racing MX with my brother, Marco. Motocross was the up and coming motorcycle sport – to the disappointment of our family, there was no road racing for us. We wanted the dirt and long hair, just like Marty Smith in the USA and everybody else around the motorcycle world. By 1973, Honda revolutionized the whole scene with the CR250M Elsinore, making extremely high technology for the time affordable to everybody. The polished aluminum tank still blinks at me every time I see one! The European brands were better, but everybody could afford to buy and live with an MX bike from Japan. You could race every weekend without spending a fortune – just clean and oil the air filter, install a colder or warmer spark plug and new piston rings every, how many races?? Still debating that point…