Rossi’s MotoGP Misano 2015 special helmet…

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Marquez’s 2014 Japanese special helmet and championship winning no1 gold lid!


Because when you are crowned the 2014 world champion you can have as many special helmets as you like!

Images first, more to follow…





MotoGP Misano: First look at Rossi’s handprint helmet

It’s Misano, a local race for Valentino Rossi and his special helmet for the weekend is one of his best.

The helmet is covered by handprints which were made by his mechanics, his dogs paw prints his cats prints too and the two kisses, representing his mother and his girlfriend. The fingerprints on the AGV helmets design belong to the artist and his friend Aldo Drudi.

The Italian phrase on the helmet reads ‘Misano ti da una mano’, which translates as ‘Misano helps you’.

At the circuit named after his late friend and fellow racer Marco Simoncelli, it is lovely to see the number 58 right in the middle at the back, where hopefully it will get a lot of airtime this weekend as the Yamaha rider chases down his rivals.

One of Rossi’s best? Here’s some images to help you decide for yourself:

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 crash.net 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.


MotoGP: German riders home liveries & helmets at the Sachsenring


It’s time for round nine of the MotoGP championship and we’re at the Sachsenring, a great excuse for all the Germans in the championship to show their patriotism via their kit and this year they have even more to shout about with the national team doing so well at the World Cup (sorry Brazil!)

Jonas Folger may be off the radar for those interested in MotoGP alone, but he has turned up loud and proud in Moto2, going local for his home race with a Bavarian flag livery, which really stands out as you can see from this tweet by his team!

Just to make sure you can’t miss him while at the Saxon circuit the German has also extended the design onto his Alpinestars leathers too:


Unfortunately riding at home wasn’t particularly fruitful for the home Moto2 riders in qualifying with Folger, who has graced the podium twice this year down in 20th. Hopefully the AGR  rider can move up through the field on race day so his kit can be seen.

Marcel Schrotter fared a little better up in 14th for Tech3 and  he has chosen to have a more subtle, but very beautiful and very German graphic added to the back of his X-Lite helmet by excellent graphic artist Kinicrea.

You can find more examples of his work (he also does the graphics/logos for most of the German riders- including StefanBradl and Jonas Folger) at @KINICREA or Kinicrea.com. Well worth a look.

Here’s his tweet of that design:

So far so quiet from Stefan Bradl, but who knows, he may be saving it for the race!

UPDATE: Here it is – a Bradl world cup special –


MotoGP Assen race round-ups…


Are online now!

You may have missed Assen’s Saturday special but…you know the drill…

For the latest in  Moto2 and Moto3  – I have just the links you need !

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(Why is Ant West looking so happy? Well it did rain…)

My Moto3 qualifying report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

As always I appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please do take the opportunity to have a conversation using the links above or at @LisaLewisWrites on Twitter and get involved!

MotoGP Assen qualifying round-ups…


Are online now!

Yes – it’s a Friday! Assen is special but it means you were probably out at work or busy with other commitments with qualifying on a weekday.

Never fear!

For the latest in  Moto2 and Moto3  – I have just the links you need !

(Hint – All the Dutch riders are in Moto3, wild-card Iwema is leading the way for them!)

My Moto3 qualifying report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

As always I appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please do take the opportunity to have a conversation using the links above or at @LisaLewisWrites on Twitter and get involved!