Champion Chat: Jimmy Filice (Part 2) is continued from AMA Pro Racing’s website. Click here to read Part 1.
M1: You’ve raced against some of the all-time greats in AMA Pro. Who did you look up to at a young age?
JF: When I started my professional career, I rode my first race at Daytona and won it and then Kenny Roberts kind of put me under his wing. He guided me, and a lot of my success I owe to him. I was a dirt track guy, and I didn’t understand the fundamentals of road racing, so he was a huge influence early in my career. Later, when I won at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Kenny had helped me understand the track (corkscrew, back section, etc). He trusted me with that so much that in the late 90’s I was an instructor in Barcelona, Spain running his training center.
M1: Are you looking forward to getting back to Road Atlanta, and do you have any special memories in your career from that track?
JF: You know, I’ve seen a lot of changes, but that track’s pretty special. I won a 250cc race there in 1993. I think that’s my only win there, but I finished well in the 250cc class. I struggled in the SuperBike class with the gravity cavity; that was a thrill to ride. The fans are great and it’s always a good place to go to watch a great event. There were a lot of good races there. In the Scott Russell days, Scott used to hang it out there good. There are some good memories there.
M1: Are you looking forward to participating with the Historic Moto Grand Prix at the Road Atlanta event?
JF: I really am. I appreciate the invite, I know Bill [Brown] has worked hard on the bike. That’s what life is about is these memories and friendships that we’ve gained. I’m rich with friendships. It will be a fun event and I’m really looking forward to it.
M1: If you could name one thing you like the most about the M1 PowerSports events and what the Big Kahuna is all about, what would it be?
JF: When Cameron and I-San put on their events, they put so much into the entertaining. Racing is racing, but their events are special. They always do a great job with that. He’s a good person and does things well. He has a lot of passion for the sport.