Five Minutes with Steve Rapp (Part 2) is continued from AMA Pro Racing’s website. Click here to read Part 1.
AMAP: We’re heading to Road Atlanta for the Triumph Big Kahuna Atlanta. Tell us your thoughts on it.
SR: We took at least one year off from that track, but I like it a lot. I’ve had good success there in the past. The first AMA Pro race that I won was at Road Atlanta, it was 750cc Superstock. I’ve always liked Atlanta, as we’ve been going there for awhile and it has a lot of history. Richard built some fast bikes and it’s got some long straightaways, so that should help us.
AMAP: Give us your thoughts on M1 PowerSports getting back into the industry and promoting.
SR: I think it’s the best thing that can happen. Cameron Gray and M1 PowerSports have a history of promoting the events well and getting a lot of people to the races. That’s what the ultimate goal is – to have a lot of people attend and have them want to come to the races by having cool stuff going on. That’s what they do well. You can tell from the past that when other people try taking over to do what M1 does, they don’t have much success. The M1 guys are motorcycle enthusiasts, so that’s the best thing you can have. They love the sport and want to see it grow and have people come to the races, not just make money. Not having them last year hurt the sport, but I think this year’s going to be much better.
AMAP: Have you seen everything they’re bringing to the track?
SR: I can’t say I’ve seen all of them, because they have so much that they’re doing, it’s hard to keep up with. I know they have a lot of cool stuff. They’re giving people, other than just seeing the races, a lot of bang for their buck. They’ll have concerts and so much going on at the event.
AMAP: Is there anything you’re looking forward to doing when you’re not at the racetrack at Atlanta?
SR: Well, when we’re not at track, I’m either thinking about being on the track or resting to get out there again. I don’t have a lot of free time when I’m at the track, but what I remember about Atlanta the most is how big the crowds were and how enthusiastic they are.
AMAP: Has Cameron talked to you about being in the dunk tank yet?
SR: [laughs] The dunk tank hasn’t come up yet. If I see him coming, I’ll definitely hide.