Month: August 2014

Brno Race reports…


…are online now! Here’s a short post to point you in the right direction in case you missed some of the best racing this year before the big show of MotoGP.

While MotoGP finally got to ring in the changes at the top, Moto3 had a battle royale for what could be their new race of the season ( gets better every week!) Moto2 was a masterclass in domination.

Full reports of the action written as the action unfolds are at Moto3 here and Moto2 here.

For a briefer summary of both combined try


Brno qualifying reports…

Are online now!

Missed out on the young future stars of MotoGP in the support classes and want to catch up before they bring the best racing tomorrow? Try these links on for size!

My Moto3 and Moto2 reports at are available by clicking on the links, they’re my favourite bit of the day as they’re written ‘live’ and delivered straight after the action.

For a summary of both classes you can also try out my joint report from later in the day at

The future of MotoGP in Britain… (it’s not necessarily bright)

Hannah Smith’s ‘Get Your Knee Down’ blog has all you need on the Circuit of Wales/Dorna agreement, so I’m reblogging it as it says everything I would have, why not follow her for more great opinions on the MotoGP news?
Here’s the latest on the Wales circuit, a great read!


As of 2015 the British GP will be held at the Circuit of Wales, well except it won’t be. The Circuit of Wales hasn’t been built yet. In fact, they haven’t so much as touched shovel to dirt.

The reason they haven’t started building yet is simple, they’re not allowed to. The site is subject to common land rights. But that’s not a problem is it?

Now don’t get me wrong, the proposed site is in a gorgeous part of Wales, right on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. I’ve spent time there, it’s beautiful. But just because somewhere is beautiful doesn’t mean it’s the right spot for a race track.

The only way to get to the site is along the “Heads of the Valleys Road”, which is a single carriageway and particularly popular with farmers & their tractors. If you’ve been to Brands Hatch you’ll know that traffic…

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Indy reports online now/ Edwards says goodbye to racing at home in camo


What a weekend of racing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought.

There were many stand out performances with Marquez making it  a perfect 10, which also happened to be Spains 500th Gp win and 100th victory in the Premier class, plus Kallio beat Saarinen’s Finnish win record in Moto2  and Vazquez tasted victory for the first time in Moto3.

For all your race report needs I have been busy reporting over at with my Moto3 report here and Moto2 here

If you like your news all in one place you can try a slightly more condensed and combined round up at PaddockChatter here

If reading is not your thing at the end of a long race weekend here’s a final couple of  pictures from Twitter, in tribute to the fact that Indy marked Colin Edwards final race on home soil. He is awesome on and off track and will no doubt be missed widely as one of the big characters of the sport.He went full camo, very appropriate given his links as a tribute to the American troops and Texas Tornado Bootcamp!:

Then to wake you back up as you reminisce about Edwards long and excellent career I’ll finish with Dominique Aegerter’s luminous yellow leathers from the weekend, couldn’t miss him!:





MotoGP: Marquez joins the Indianapolis special helmet ranks


He’s the championship leader annihilator, marching forward with a perfect record for race wins so far this season, so it’s really no big surprise that Marc Marquez has a special helmet ready to share for his American fanbase for the Indy race weekend.

The stars and stripes design is fairly standard for an American themed helmet, but the little graphic on the back featuring the phrase ‘USA special’ and a race marshal waving chequered flags is quite, well, special.

He gave a little reveal of it previously when he took it to watch the Indy mile and Tweeted this picture of it:


MotoGP: Nicky Hayden’s book promo helmet at Indy


Not letting recovery and not racing get in the way of a great marketing opportunity Nicky Hayden is still giving all the American fans as much as he can ahead of his home round of the MotoGP championship in Indianapolis.

Missing the next couple of races while recovering from having bones removed from his troubled hand to make it more flexible ( he is being replaced by Briton Leon Camier) you could expect to find the fan favourite with his feet up but Nicky will instead be holding Honda meet and greets on Friday and Saturday and getting down to business. The family business.

Earl Hayden, Nicky’s dad has written a book chronicling his racing family – all the Hayden’s can ride a bike, not just Nicky, Tommy and Roger Lee the multi-title winning Hayden Brothers.

The book entitled ‘The First Family Of Racing’ was launched by Earl himself at the start of the Indy weekend in a press conference, while Nicky contributed this lovely bit of advertising for his Fathers work:

Hayden’s Starline special is once again a beautiful creation by Roberto Marchionni with a healthy dose of Camouflage as seen on many of Nicky’s recent popular helmet designs, the book title and the ‘Earl’s Racing Team’ logo used on many of the Items purchasable to support the brothers in the Hayden General Store. The photo montage from the book cover is also prominent on one side while a large ’69’ plate covers the other. The barcode is a nice touch too.

I can’t review the book yet but if it is half as good as the now hard to find ( especially outside the U.S.) OWB to MotoGP it will be worth a read, the Hayden’s are an entertaining bunch!

Finally, here is a statement from the books press release where Earl Hayden reveals the best thing about his project – it’s for a great cause –

“I’ve been blessed to have a great life so far, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share it,” said Earl, who is donating his portion of the proceeds from this book to St. Joseph’s Peace Mission for Children, an emergency shelter for abused children in the Hayden family’s hometown of Owensboro, Ky. “I’m really passionate about this charity, and I hope to see it do well. If this book can entertain people and help make a difference, I’ll be tickled pink.”

For those interested the book can be found at the Hayden Bros General Store and also on Amazon.

MotoGP: Monster reveal Lorenzo’s Indianapolis helmet


The summer break is done for all of us and MotoGP returns this weekend in the USA at the IMS – Indianapolis Motor Speedway to you and I, and as I’ll be typing a lot this weekend I’m going with ‘Indy’.

Jorge Lorenzo is officially off holidays ( he even went hashtag crazy with #ByeByeHolidays so you know he means business!) and back at Yamaha with a new contract that was announced with more of a whimper than a bang despite the PR machines best efforts as it wasn’t much of a secret.

The Spaniard has even taken to flogging his sunglasses via social media with a handsome discount code to boot. But Lorenzo is now the frontrunner of the special helmet brigade! Not a market salesman! Never fear. He just hasn’t told you about it as Monster were left to do the work for him:

Sticking with the snakes it appears to be some type of metal take on his mamba theme.

Hopefully there will be some more specials this weekend that are yet to be revealed. It’s becoming less frequent in the USA with less Americans in the top class of racing. Sadly for all the MotoGP family tomorrow will include a Special livery for Colin Edwards final American race. All good things come to an end but after a long run in the championship the paddock will be missing some character. With Nicky Hayden out injured there will be no United States rider in MotoGP in Brno.