Mitchell, you got your break and pulled some very positive results with your KTM 250 SX-F FE in 2017. Nonetheless, one year later you were with the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha team. How did you find your way into blue?
Well, basically, I had gotten some podiums with KTM in ’17, but they had a new amateur coming up and had already had guys signed to the team. There was really no room for them to keep me. Nothing bad happened. We were on good terms. There was just no room and there was nothing anyone could have done. From there, I ended up signing a letter of intent with Husqvarna, but it just didn’t work out between us. It was working out and then I thought of Wil Hahn. I’ve known Wil for 10 years now and I’m really good friends with him. I just called Wil up and I knew he was going to be straight-forward with me and I said, “Do you guys still have any room?” Will talked to Bobby [Regan] and Bobby said, “Yep. We’ll take him, but he’s got to sign right now.” It was a stressful situation. It’s good it is in the past, but I’m really just fortunate that Bobby was 100-percent on board with having me.