DENVER, Colo. (March 12, 2012) – Jimmy Filice took home three AMA 250 Grand Prix Championships (2001, 1993 and 1991) over the course of his long and successful career. Click the link below to see what he has to say about the the Big Kahuna Atlanta and the Historic Moto Grand Prix.
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 ’90s 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.