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.



Recommended viewing: Challenge 125 – A hidden gem.


This review is for a UK TV series which has ended, though repeats are still showing on the Community Channel (Sky 539, Virgin 233, Freeview 63, Freesat 651 or BT vision) or you can try their on demand service to catch up with every episode online.

Hidden away on the Community Channel there has been some t.v. entertainment worthy of a Wednesday night in.

Challenge 125 has been the second series under the ‘Easy Riders’ banner, the first – Viva Valencia – I knew I would like as I knew what it was all about.

It saw MotoVentures main man Steve Keys, TV legend Danny John-Jules ( Yes, Cat in Red Dwarf) and former MotoGP presenter for the BBC Matt Roberts ride their Pink Yamaha M1’s (Matt somehow managed to score Lorenzo’s sleeker black M1) through France and Spain all the way to Valencia for the final race of the year.

ace viva valencia

How it all began – Danny John-Jules, Matt Roberts and Steve Keys at the Ace Cafe ahead of what would become series one.

They started from the Ace Cafe and I had a great time attending to see them off. I knew the drill. I knew Randy Mamola would feature. Plus my arm was in episode one. Bonus.

Challenge 125 was a dip into the unexpected. I knew the idea of the show from following social media.

Steve Keys and Danny John-Jules returned for a new challenge. Take a non-rider, teach them to ride and then ride out to Valencia again on a 125cc bike with just 125 pounds in your pocket to get you there, all in.

Before you think that’s crazy talk, the challenge is all in aid of an extremely worthy cause. Riders For Health is a charity which enables health workers in Africa to have reliable transportation to provide healthcare. Visit riders.org for more information.

This second series is again narrated with ease and humour by Chris Barrie (Yes, Dwarf fans that’s double for you, Rimmer’s in too!) but the action helps him along the way.

From the X-Factor like choice of novice, where former 125cc rider and Isle Of Man participant Danny Webb steals the show, all the way through food bickering, sneaky burgers, dodgy karaoke attempts, Mr John-Jules’ legally debatable firestarting to the relief of arriving in Spain, there’s fun all the way despite the serious work of shepherding a novice around and the serious and welcome reminders of the charity it’s all in aid of.

This  review aims to not give too much away in the hope more people will discover and love the show too, it’s still available online and worth seeking out, there’s not many bike-based shows on the t.v. and it’s comic elements make it great entertainment.

It’s worth taking the chance to catch up now too, soon the boys will be launching the latest installment – series three – ‘Five Peaks Challenge’ – and it promises to be as good as Steve Keys and Danny John Jules this time enlist the help of female stunt rider Chesca Miles for their latest trip with series four already filming!

Need to know more?

Background to the current series can be found at the MotoVentures website.

Why not try Twitter for the latest,  @TheEasyRidersTV has all you need to know!







MotoGP: Lorenzo shares special helmet and number for Catalunya GP


There’s a lot of changes in Spain this weekend, be it the Pons Team being wonderfully yellow after picking up an additional sponsorship from Yellow Pages or the special World Cup themed boots the Alpinestars riders have been gifted.

It is no surprise then that Jorge Lorenzo has gone all out for Spain and has a special helmet and he’s not even held on ’til qualifying to show it off:



The helmet is a welcome return for his ‘grafitti’ helmet by Anna Vives but this time he has a stylized number to match!

Read more about the helmets first appearance and see more pictures of it here and here.

MotoGP: Jerez – Lorenzo’s birthday/200th GP helmet – UPDATED


Though it may not feel like it if Marc Marquez runs away with a win again race day is a very special one at the Grand Prix of Spain in Jerez for Jorge Lorenzo.

On home soil the Spanish rider is celebrating his 27th birthday. The race also marks his 200th Grand Prix start.

As someone who has become known for his special helmet editions there was bound to be a special helmet to celebrate and his silver effort can be seen here in this picture from qualifying:

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And again here in race action:

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Updated : Here is an up close image from Jorge Lorenzo himself on Twitter:


Image Of The GP – Austin: Ready Steady…already gone!


Jorge Lorenzo – “I wasn’t thinking and was distracted and I made a big mistake in the start”.

There were some great rides in all the classes in Austin. Miller’s blocking in Moto3 was a masterclass in staying ahead. Vinales showed his potential by getting a win in just his second Moto2 race, and making it look easy – no learning curve required there.

MotoGP had it’s fair share of interest and intrigue too, but it’s first big talking point set the tone for the race and that’s why it is my image of the GP:

2014 Austin COTA Texas Jorge Lorenzo start

Jorge, come back! A contender for the most obvious jump start of all time? Yamaha’s Lorenzo ended his Austin adventure before it had even begun. Image via Movistar Yamaha. Editorial use only under the fair use act.


The Yamaha press release perhaps put it best – ‘Jorge Lorenzo experienced his second Grand Prix weekend to forget today, making a jump start at the beginning of the race and receiving a ride-through penalty as a result’.

That, of course meant that the Spaniards race was over before it had even begun. Lorenzo took the penalty swiftly and rejoined in 23rd. Ever the professional, knowing that fans come to watch and sponsors need to be appeased he staged a spectacular ride carving through the field to come home in tenth.

After crashing out in the early stages in Qatar Lorenzo could at least take positives form getting his first championship points of the year –

“At least I didn’t crash because it was a difficult situation with the tension and it was easy to make a mistake and get injured. The good thing is that I finished the race and got my first points in the championship but clearly it wasn’t our weekend”.

Yamahas ‘difficult’ race was compounded by teammate Rossi’s tyre problems, with a destroyed front tyre the Italian did not finishing that far ahead of Lorenzo all considered, the margin at four seconds at the flag in an eventual eighth for Rossi after a promising start.

In the mean time reigning world champion Marc Marquez vanished in to the distance and even a late wobble on the final corner could not stop him from taking his second succesive win and we’re only two races into the season!

MotoGP: Marquez leaves Sepang test with a new record time

Marc Marquez continued to improve at the Sepang MotoGP test.

Instead of resting on his laurels after topping the first two days of action Honda rider Marquez took things to a whole new level on the final day in Malaysia setting a new record time at the track with a 1m 59.533 lap – just inside Casey Stoner’s unofficial benchmark lap of 1m 59.607 from 2012.

This apparently left him “pretty happy”.

After the young Spaniard the trio with the next best times were all Yamaha riders and all worthy of a mention.

Valentino Rossi looks like he might be in for a good season after coming in second again and just 0.194 shy of the top time of current champion Marquez. The Italians lap was also his own best around Sepang ever. A good sign for a feisty championship ahead (hopefully!)

2014 marquez test helmet

Keeping it subtle, a nice, understated version of the Marquez ‘ant’ theme for the Sepang test, with a couple of little additions to remind everyone who the reigning champion is!
Image via Marc Marquez own Twitter account @marcmarquez93 and reproduced here under the fair use act.

Jorge Lorenzo clocked in third as he continued to succeed in his mission to iron out bike issues but this time also working on race pace, something he found very quickly.

Impressing so much that accusations are already flying as they did in CRT, Aleix Espargaro was not only fourth quickest while working on a full race distance on his Open Class Forward Yamaha entry but also went sub 2 minutes!

Understandably “thrilled” the FTR M1 rider concluded his sensational test in style finishing ahead of many riders who you could reasonably have expected to see above him on the timesheets -factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl and the whole Ducati outfit.

2014 A Espargaro Sepang helmet

Hola Forward, hello world! Once again commanding attention (and not just from all the pink on him) Aleix uses his helmet to say hello to his new team while making a mark on MotoGP for 2014 before the season has begun.
Image by Aleix Espargaro @AleixEspargaro on twitter and also shared via Instagram, other details as above.

Full list of final times for the third and final day below:

1. Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 59.533 (Lap 10/40)
2. Valentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 59.727 +0.194 (11/55)
3. Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 59.866 +0.333 (2/65)
4. Aleix Espargaro  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 1m 59.998 +0.465 (7/43)
5. Stefan Bradl  LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 2m 0.112 +0.579 (11/38)
6. Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 0.223 +0.690 (29/55)
7. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 0.370 +0.837 (10/40)
8. Pol Espargaro  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.655 +1.122 (8/65)
9. Andrea Iannone  Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 0.725 +1.192 (13/57)
10. Alvaro Bautista  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 2m 0.788| +1.255 (3/63)
11. Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.896 +1.363 (10/65)
12. Cal Crutchlow  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 1.057 +1.524 (58/58)
13. Nicky Hayden  Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 1.514 +1.981 (21/59)
14. Colin Edwards  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 1.731 +2.198 (41/47)
15. Michele Pirro  Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 2m 1.782 +2.249 (12/67)
16. Hiroshi Aoyama  Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.383 +2.850 (61/66)
17. Randy De Puniet  Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 2.486 +2.953 (17/67)
18. Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 2.556 +3.023 (31/65)
19. Kosuke Akiyoshi  Honda Test Rider 2m 2.619 +3.086 (3/58)
20. Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 2.788 +3.255 (13/38)
21. Scott Redding  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 2m 2.833 +3.300 (42/60)
22. Michael Laverty  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 3.187 +3.654 (12/41)
23. Hector Barbera  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 3.204 +3.671 (49/54)
24. Broc Parkes  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 3.402 +3.869 (40/43)
25. Mike Di Meglio  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 4.516| +4.983 (28/58)
26. Nobuatsu Aoki  Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 5.686 +6.153 (10/12)
27. Karel Abraham  Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 2m 5.974 +6.441 (6/12)

MotoGP- Helmet News: Lorenzo’s Call Of Duty special has a familiar look!

Jorge Lorenzo is no stranger to a special helmet.

He also has a massive and well publicised love of computer games, he and his team-mate at Yamaha have been known to race each other online in the past, and he has worn a Halo themed helmet in the past.

The current world champion is also currently trying to play as many fans online as possible at his current favourite, the newly released Call Of Duty: Ghosts, so what better for the championship decider at Valencia than a special Call Of Duty themed helmet!

Lorenzo Call of Duty Ghosts helmet Valencia 2013

Game loving Lorenzo shows of his special Call Of Duty helmet, image via Jorge Lorenzo’s Facebook page, editorial use only, under fair use act.

In a season where the Spaniard has already brought us a glowing helmet, a green version of his ‘mamba’ lid and a grafitti covered charity special you could forgive Lorenzo for running out of ideas.

Although he is known for being a gamer, this time he was beaten to the Call Of Duty theme several races ago.

Though most people won’t have even noticed.

Here’s American Moto2 wild-card rider James Rispoli’s special helmet from his appearance at Indianapolis back in August:

Rispoli GP Tech Call Of Duty Ghosts

Great minds think alike? (Or at least get paid well for some great advertising!) Photo via TroyLeeDesigns.com and by Andrew Northcott. For editorial use only under the fair use act.

Rispoli featured his online gamer tag of “The Rocket7146” on his version so fans could go online and play against him too.

Rispoli 2

The back! All info as in previous image

The American finished the Indy Moto2 Grand Prix in 25th using his Mistral powered GP Tech bike, a decent ride for a wild-card made even more credible given the fact he was directly behind the regular Mistral riders; Danny Kent and Louis Rossi  for Tech3; who were 23rd and 24th respectively.

But not such a good finish for helmet-spotting!

Perhaps Rispoli and Lorenzo should get together for some online fun!

‘Call Of Duty’ does seem appropriate in title at least for the final round title shoot-out between Lorenzo and championship leader rookie revelation Marc Marquez (not a revelation in ability if you follow the support classes, but even for those in the know his adaptability and maturity have been astonishing) given the nature of the task in hand to win.

Hopefully his new HJC brings him better fortunes that previous years at Valencia, he was not fit to race in 2011 and was knocked off by a very apologetic James Ellison last year.

Image of the GP (qualifying) : I thought it was Red Bull that gave you wings…

…No, it’s Phillip Island!

In a round full of thrills, spills, alterations,changes and general carnage it was hard to stand out.

Yamaha team rider Jorge Lorenzo managed to do so unwittingly on the way to pole…

Lorenzo and seagull

Lorenzo did more flying than the seagull …Image originally shared on Twitter by MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci – @Petrux9, re-shown hereas a newsworthy funny under fair use act.

Initially, it looked like everyone might want a deceased seagull wingman as Jorge hit pole originally with the bird attached, but he later improved without it. MotoGP tomorrow will have to make a stop to change bikes, which will make things very interesting, especially if it rains.

Lorenzo has never won at Phillip Island and claimed Australia as a ‘Lorenzoland’, mainly due to Stoner’s recent dominance. Lets face it though, if you can be fast while hitting the scenery there is still a chance the Spaniard can keep the championship alive for another week at least!

Here’s hoping for a good battle.

MotoGP: Turning Japanese – Motegi has a manga poster again for 2013!

Motegi 2013 poster

Excellent poster for the Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan once again!
Image via Twitter, for editorial use only under fair use act.
Owned by MotoGP, Dorna, and the original artist.

Because nothing says the Japanese MotoGP race is here like a Manga picture of Valentino Rossi.

Japan are starting to excel themselves as the best MotoGP poster makers and in an ‘if-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it’ style have once again gone for a manga stlye of drawing for the Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan at the Twin Ring, Motegi.

So here’s a little review of what makes the follow-up to last years version of all your favourite rider in manga style so good:

  • It gives a good feel of who is popular in Japan (Hayden must be really popular, he’s on twice, cartoon and bike, with little chance of a podium!)
  • Cal Crutchlow looks a bit less crazy in this years edition
  • Rossi in manga is always going to be cool
  • The artist has excellently duplicated the furrowed brow sported by Lorenzo and Pedrosa at most rounds this season as Marquez has stormed into the championship lead.
  • Marquez’s permanent smile is pretty spot-on too.
  • Love all the pointing and fist-pumping action!

Come on the Phillip Island and Valencia the gloves are off in round two of the big poster battle and Motegi means business!

Want a reminder of last years version, here you go:


Image of the GP – Silverstone: Lorenzo’s jubilance is very catchy! (plus bonus celebration haircut!)

Okay so the title’s a little long but I was at the track so I will allow myself the luxury to indulge in some brackets!

Lorenzo’s win was EPIC, he loves Silverstone and when he says it he sounds like he genuinely means it and he’s not just reeling the words off for good press.

When Marquez crashed in the morning, picking up a dislocation, it made for hope for a good race, Lorenzo and Pedrosa both still carry collarbone injuries, so there would be no getting away at the front, as those amazing qualifying time suggested.

Though Marquez still gave everything, you could feel Lorenzo had the bit between his teeth, the final nudge proving he can be as rough and pushy as the rookie when needed. Pedrosa on the other hand looked sad. Tearful. like a man who has seen the title vanish from his grasp yet again, thought his time being the bridesmaid may also leave him eventually unemployed at Honda, you only get so many chances even as a race winner to deliver.

All that lead to this:

Lorenzo brit win

I think he may be happy…Lorenzo gets excited in Britain
Image via Yamaha Racing, editorial use only.

Lorenzo’s excitement was captivating and involving and this picture is a great illustration of that, I also love how though they are just adjusting their hats it looks as if they are scratching their heads a little, it takes a lot to win these days in MotoGP!

This was not the first time Lorenzo had celebrated like this at Silverstone, as the official programme proved by including a picture of last years podium:

lorenzo 2012 guide

More of the same from Lorenzo!
Image via Silverstone official programme

Other than the need to replace Marquez with Stoner and Pedrosa threatening a smile, not to much is different!

 Finally, and almost in need of it’s own post was Lorenzo’s celebration – a haircut!

lorenzo haircut

Do you want to remind him how badly Hayden did or how severely Rossi got injured while sporting a mohawk…never mind too late! Good luck Jorge!
Image via Lorenzo on twitter.