First off I want to say Happy Birthday Kenny. It’s amazing, 70 years old!
You know I remember the first time I saw you race when I was about 11 years old. It was at the Astrodome, during your first years as a rookie expert and I remember watching you slide that xs650 around at the TT track; your bike control and direction change were amazing and it was such an inspiration. I’m certainly not the only rider you’ve inspired. You inspired many riders here in the United States or around the World over the years, inspiring them on to do amazing things.
And it’s not only that but your support of our sport and your support of American riders is gone unmatched.
I just wanted to say a few words and obviously end it with this: It was such a pleasure to race against you and we had some great battles and as I said in recent years and talked about with you, you inspired me to get everything I had out of my abilities and performances. So, it’s a real pleasure to wish you a happy 70th birthday and have many more.