Overlooked and square, he didn't hang out with the trendy guys and was always behind the 8-ball. We all knew one of those kids at school, didn't we?
And now they pop up at friend's weddings and parties and they've made it big-time with something that makes you sit up and think, 'fair play'.
That's what seems to be happening with quite a few rides at the moment in various classes in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. A prime example is Anthony West, who started the year tugging around on a bike that qualified second-last at the weekend in Australia.
Ant West © DPPI
After winning two World Supersport rounds at Silverstone and Misano midway through the season, he then got the stand-in ride on the second Kawasaki after Olivier Jacque fell in Barcelona.