Month: July 2013

MotoGP: Rossi And Marquez, learn from the master you will!

Some things are too funny to ignore, especially when all the Photoshop legwork has already been done for you.

So, further to my Image Of The GP featuring Honda rookie Marc Marquez and winner of many championships Valentino Rossi, here is a way funnier take on the Marquez learning curve, featuring Star Wars.

Rossi Marquez Star Wars

Rossi in Yoda mode while Marc makes a great Luke!
Originally published to Reddit, made by mikeeh76 and stangmx13 of, idea by Reddit users PoofBam and SuperMike. Star Wars by George Lucas (obviously).




Hope it makes you all laugh as much as me, it was right up my street in terms of interest marrying two things I’m a big fan of – after all my boy has his first name as Hayden (as in MotoGP’s Nicky) but his middle name is Han (as in Solo!).


Image of the GP, Laguna Seca : Being beaten at your own game! (Rossi vs Marquez)

Ahhh, so the student becomes the master!

After once again admitting to studying Rossi videos in preparation for a race, Laguna Seca saw Marc Marquez do what he said he thought “impossible” after watching the Stoner/Rossi footage and put a pass on the multiple world champion Italian through the gravel, barely getting his tyres dirty in the process.

The Yamaha rider held off Bautista for the final podium spot while Marquez went on to push his factory Honda past Stefan Bradl’s LCR, becoming the first rookie to win at the Californian circuit. Bradl also scored his first podium, and the first for a German rider in the MotoGP era.

Rossi then congratulated the Spanish 20 year old in Parc Ferme with a slightly threatening looking hug.

Image below, with a link to the free video of the move, currently available on (free to set-up account needed):

Marquez Rossi Laguna Seca 2013

Rossi, perhaps you should consider smashing his t.v. and hiding his laptop, those videos are too helpful!
Image via, editorial use only under fair use act.

video here:

Finally to add a little perspective, an excellent comparison picture shared on Twitter by user @carlovanzini  – Rossi and Stoner at the corkscrew in 2008 and Marquez on Rossi today:

compare vr v mm v stonerMarquez may have been a little harsh on himself when he added :”I passed Rossi on the corkscrew. It was less spectacular than his move on Stoner but the intention was there”.

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden shows us his Laguna Seca helmet for 2013!

Though he may be on his way out at Ducati Nicky Hayden is still currently the biggest American draw to the MotoGP championship and he still loves to celebrate  his ‘home’ race at Laguna Seca (where he has won twice – 2005 & 2006) with a fancy new lid.

The Kentucky Kid is also adept at keeping his fans updated using social media so shared his new helmet image on his Twitter account @NickyHayden:

hayden Laguna 2013 laguna starline

Hayden shows off his Starling Graphics by @robertomarchion
Imagedhared via @NickyHayden and @NickSannen on Twitter

The theme is set up by camouflage 69 decals for the Ducati and continues in to the army-themed helmet design. Hayden has once again gone for an open-face style, similar to on the ‘Easy Rider/ Easy Hayden’ helmet he debuted last year. The back  has a little army hayden character with ‘Born To Ride’ written on his helmet, flowers coming from his gun, a peace logo on top of the lis and bullets around the edge.

You could say working at Ducati’s been as epic as ‘war and peace’! (probably mainly war – rider vs bike,mostly!)

MotoGP: Image of the GP – look, I can fly!

The Sachsenring race weekend contained a lot of crashes and a lot of spectacular imagery to illustrate what a flying MotoGP rider looks like for those who missed practice, where much of the action happened.

My favourite image has not got a rider in mid-air, but is instead an image of the current championship bucking bronco of a ride-  the Ducati – in action, and it was the fancy new prototype bike that Dovizioso saw off at the beginning of the weekend. It’s position in the sky suggests why.

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I can fly! Andrea Dovizioso’s factory Ducati tries flying, turns out to be an expensive experiment.
Image by Gigi Soldano shared on Twitter at @GigiSoldano

I made it my feature image as it conjures up thoughts of great conversations in the Ducati camp:

Dovi: Look Nicky, I can go higher than yooooooou!

Hayden: But Y’all meant to go straight not up!

Back in the Garage…

Hayden: Please tell me you didn’t give him the fancy new one…

*Ducati mechanics shuffle while staring at feet*


Though the funniest image of the weekend came via Moto3 rider Luis Salom and the marshals deckchair, which you can see here – If you can’t beat them.. have a sit down!

Laguna Seca is this weekend so get well soon to Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Iannone and those who rode through the pain – Hector Barbera, Cal Crutchlow, Xavier Simeon, Tito Rabat (Moto2 wasn’t exempt from pain) did I miss anyone off? So many crashes!

Moto2 and Moto3 Sachsenring round up: Rins wins and a maiden victory for Torres

Torres wins at the Sachsenring 2013

I Won!! Torres celebrates his German GP win at the Sachsenring
Image via press

As usual for more visit my full support class round up at or for more detailed Moto3 and Moto2 reports visit

Moto3 kicked off the proceedings with a tense battle between the championships top three point scorers. Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins was wise to Red Bull KTM’s Luis Salom as he once again employed his wait to pounce tactic, passing both Rins and fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales before Rins snatched back the victory on the final lap.

Salom only just held off Vinales for second, with the Team Calvo rider visibly frustrated at missing out on the top spot on the podium once again. Both riders maintain their perfect poduim records for the season with Salom retaining his lead in the championship and stretching it to 14 points over Vinales.

The Mahindra riders spent much of the race distance battling each other with Miguel Olivera taking fourth and Efren Vazquez sixth. They were separated by Estrella Galicia rider Alex Marquez who was caught by the duelling team-mates. Marquez has now had five top five finishes in a row.

Jack Miller was once again the top Honda on race day keeping up with the KTM bikes in the early stages but eventually fading to seventh. Jonas Folger struggled at home and finished down in eighth for Mapfre Aspar.


Moto2 in contrast was a departure from the usual suspects in the championship, with leader Scott Redding down in seventh in an exercise in damage limitation ahead of the intermediate classes summer break.

The win went to Jordi Torres, his first Grand Prix victory, his move past early leader Pol Espargaro stuck and he eased away to a convincing win for the Mapre Aspar team.

He was joined on the podium by Simone Corsi in second the NGM Mobile rider also passing the Pons rider in the latter stages, with the Tuenti HP 40 title challenger settling for third and once again complaining of tyre issues post-race.

Fourth went to Italtrans rider Julian Simon, who stuck with the frontrunners for much of the race distance in a resurgent return to form.

Fifth was won by Tom Luthi for Interwetten Paddock rider after battling for position with Alex De Angelis who settled for sixth.

Redding took seventh for Marc VDS leaving him 23 points ahead in the championship.

Ant West took eighth after slicing through the field for QMMF, ahead of pole man Xavier Simeon, who injured himself in warm up.

Tenth place went to Technomag carXpert rider Dominique Aegerter in his 24th consecutive points finish in Moto2.


Sachsenring Moto3 Top 15:

1. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 34.735
2. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 39m 34.967
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 39m 34.983
4. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 39m 39.717
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 39.936
6. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 39m 40.191
7. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 39m 45.394
8. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 39m 50.328
9. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 39m 53.141
10. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 39m 53.182
11. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 53.297
12. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 39m 54.828
13. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 39m 54.886s
14. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 55.381
15. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 39m 57.532

Sachsenring Moto2 Top 15:

1. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 41m 19.636
2. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 41m 21.800
3. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 22.130
4. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 25.045
5. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 41m 27.182
6. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 41m 27.463
7. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 30.877
8. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 41m 32.404
9. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 41m 32.446
10. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 32.755
11. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 32.921
12. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 41m 33.169
13. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 36.111
14. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 45.187
15. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 41m 50.527

Moto3: Image of the day – If you can’t beat them…have a sit down!

So…it’s a bit early in the weekend for an ‘Image of the GP’ but the sight of Luis Salom commandeering the marshals deckchair after his engine blew was one of the true comedy tinged moments in a scary-type-of-crash filled weekend.

Salom has not had a lot of luck when it come to reaching the end of a qualifying session on his Red Bull KTM Ajo bike of late, but this time instead of a strop into his garage (often followed by a strop to behind the garage, away from the cameras) he rather refreshingly plonked himself in the deckchair vacated by the marshal, the type of which I have not seen in action since my own trips to the beach as a kid in the 1980’s, and sat there until he was retrieved by scooter and returned to the team in the pits. Awesome behaviour. Image below:

Salom deckchair sachsenring germany 2013

If you can’t beat them, err watch them!
Image via bbc’s stream of the Moto3 coverage supplied by Dorna/, for editorial and comedy use only.



Moto2/Moto3 round up: Poles for Rins and Simeon, eighth for Redding

As usual more on the support calss qualifying from me at and detailed race reports at for Moto3 and Moto2, just click the links to visit.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Alex Rins finds himself on pole for the third time this season, as the qualifying action got under way at the Sachsenring in Germany.

Last seasons top rookie narrowly beat championship leader Luis Salom into second in terms of time, but not on the track as the Red Bull KTM rider had to sit out the end of the session with a blown engine.

The final spot on the front row will be filled by the Mahindra of Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira after fending off Jack Miller and Maverick Vinales in a last lap battle around the track. Caretta Technology-RTG rider Miller caught up to the battle ahead of him when on a very fast lap, leaving him fifth but the best qualifying Honda rider. Vinales had to settle for sixth, his team and bike having struggled for pace all weekend.

Ahead of them on the grid at his home Grand Prix is Jonas Folger. The Mapre Aspar rider crashed out early in the session but recovered as his speedily repaired bike held out to grab fourth on the grid.

The second of the Mahindra riders Efren Vazquez starts seventh with Romano Fenati enjoying his best qualifying of the year in eighth for San Carlo Team Italia.


Moto2 also saw much of it’s action arrive in the closing minutes as the riders tried to set some strong late laps – with the big names in the championship being the ones to miss out.

Belgian rider Xavier Simeon took his maiden pole at the end of qualifying for the Desugaces La Torre Maptaq team, making him the first Belgian took take pole since Didier de Radigues in the 250cc Spa-Francorchamps race in 1989.

The race promises to be a close affair as all the top 20 riders were within a second of his pole time.

Also surprising after a strong weekend where he topped the Moto2 FP3 was Jordi Torres, claiming his first front row start for the Mapfre Aspar team.

Restoring a little order to proceedings was usual suspect Pol Espargaro in third for Tuenti HP 40, though his Pons team-mates were much lower down the grid, Tito Rabat is 23rd after a big FP3 crash left him limping and in pain, one place ahead of Axel Pons in 24th.

Tom Luthi’s last fast lap brought him fourth on the grid for the Interwetten team. He is joined on the second row by top Speed Up rider Simone Corsi in fifth and Julian Simon in Sixth for Italtrans.

Takaaki Nakagami is just one place behind his team-mate in seventh on his return after missing Assen after damaging his collarbone. He is joined on the third row by both Marc VDS riders Scott Redding in eighth and Mika Kallio in ninth, though both had looked to have more pace over the weekend, with Redding having topped FP3.

Gino Rea put in an amazing performance to score 17th as a wild card.

Moto3 Sachsenring Qualifying Top Ten:

1. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 27.300
2. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 27.480
3. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 27.559
4. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 27.579
5. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 27.599
6. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 27.694
7. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 27.753
8. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 1m 27.810
9. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 27.815
10. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 27.818

Moto2 Sachsenring Qualifying Top Ten:

1. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 1m 24.665
2. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 24.678
3. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 24.704
4. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 1m 24.840
5. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 1m 24.858
6. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 24.919
7. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 24.931
8. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 24.963
9. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 24.990
10. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 1m 25.032

MotoGP: Pedrosa joins the casualty list in Sachsenring after FP3 Crash

After Jorge Lorenzo’s heroics in Assen it was inevitable that his practice crash on Friday would lead to a withdrawal when he was pictured instantly clutching his shoulder.

However in a crash in FP3 that could kick the championship race wide open Dani Pedrosa took a tumble and immediately grabbed his arm, being a little on the delicate side and having already endured five operations on his left collarbone and had two relatively recent breaks to it in Motegi in 2010 and Le Mans in 2011, he is currently on his way for further tests in Chemnitz Hospital.

The most shocking element of his crash was when he hit his head – with enough force to rip the visor from his helmet.

While hoping for a speedy recovery for one of the main title contenders here’s an image of the damage to Pedrosa’s helmet, posted by his Factory Honda team…

Pedrosa Sachsenring fp3 crash helmet damage

Get well soon Dani – damage to Pedrosa’s Arai which did such a good job of protecting his head in his FP3 crash at the Sachsenring, Germany.
Image via Repsol Honda at Twitter, editorial use only

…and an image of the crash, a free video of the accident is now available at for all registered users…

Pedrosa in the air after his highside on a slow lap of the Sachsenring Image credit to on Twitter @motogp

Pedrosa in the air after his highside on a slow lap of the Sachsenring
Image credit to on Twitter @motogp ediorial use only, under fair use act

MotoGP: AGV to release Rossi’s Soleluna 2013 helmet as a limited edition

AGV is set to release Valentino Rossi’s 2013 Pista GP ‘Soleluna’ helmet,as a limited edition, available exclusively from AGV dealers.

The helmet reproduces the graphics on Valentino’s 2013 race lid with graphics  designed by Also Drudi and feature Rossi’s trademark symbols the sun and the moon ( of the title – sole e luna).

Here’s a reminder of the official AGV specifications for the helmet and some promotional images released by the company:


Shell: Carbon fibre
N° of shells: 4 shell sizes
Ventilation system: IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) with wide ducts hollowed into the shell
Vents: Alloy vents with removable plugs
Fabric: Breathable Lycra® micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort fabric with sanitizing treatment
Liners: Fully removable and washable inner liners
Visor: RACE-2, 3.3mm optically correct, flat, non-scratch visor with wide field of vision, PINLOCK ready and suitable for tear-off strips. PINLOCK comes as standard.
Visor mechanism: XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) in metal with roto-translation opening. Quick release system for tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds
Retention system: Double D
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

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AGV Pista GP soleluna 2013 helmet

MotoGP; They tried to make him go to rehab, he said yes, yes, yes! Lorenzo starts recovery for Sachsenring!

lorenzo in hospital

Lorenzo and his doctors, who resemble the Spanish version of the BBC’s Steve Parrish and Azi Farni!
Image via Jorge Lorenzo at @lorenzo99

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo, pictured above with With Marc Cots and Anna Carreras,  the doctors who performed his surgery.

 Last Friday he had a plate and eight screws inserted into his collarbone in the early hours  before flying back to Assen to not only compete but finish a spectacular fifth in the Saturday race.

The reigning world champion underwent further tests on Monday at the Hospital General de Catalunya  where he was visited by Dr. Teresa Sola, who gave the following press a brief statement statement revealing Lorenzo had done no further damage to the injured area “The physical effort required in the Grand Prix of The Netherlands does not appear to have caused any repercussions,”and will be able to begin rehabilitation ahead of the next round in Sachsenring to ensure he is as fit as possible before tackling the German track on July 14th.